Rourkela: As a CSR activity, RSP(Rourkela Steel Plant), Odisha had opened a sanitary napkin Centre in 2015 by GS Prasad(CEO then). This napkin manufacturing unit has made sure that women who belong from economically weaker section of the society adopt best menstrual practices that are affordable, healthy, dignified and eco friendly.
Much before the story of Arunachalam Muruganatham came into limelight he has been providing the required raw materials and the machines to manufacture sanitary pads named as “Jagriti” at a very low price. He was the key person in setting up the low-cost sanitary napkin manufacturing unit set up by Deepika Mahila Sanghati (DMS), a philanthropic organization sponsored by Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP). RSP has actively taken up the promotion of hygiene and cleanliness and establishment of the low cost sanitary napkin unit under CSR activity .The particular unit has been instrumental to ensure that the women from economically weaker section of the society adopt best menstrual practices. This unit is also earning livelihood of 6 women who prepare these sanitary napkins. The napkins are made in extremely hygienic and sterile condition so as to make sure that the napkins stay germ free and healthy for the women using it. A normal Jagriti sanitary napkin comes for Rs 3 while maternity napkins can be bought for Rs 4.40, which is much cheaper than the available brands in the markets. These sanitary napkins are used at many places and also some rural places of Sundargarh district .