Periods can be messy. We all know this. It rankles, but the real pain comes when one has to buy sanitary napkins. It feels weird to the women and girls ask for a sanitary napkin in a store which are often manned and crowded by men. It just feels weird because it echoes how uncomfortable we are when we talk about menstruation in public or discuss about it with someone of opposite gender.
Sensing the need of women, CMC (cuttack Muncipal Corporation) comes to the rescue. In a welcoming step Cuttack Muncipal Corporation has installed sanitary napkin vending machines. Well to speak frankly it is first of its kind of initiative by any municipal corporation in Odisha.
In first phase, two such vending machines have been installed; one at Biswanath Pandit Central library and second one at the shelter home located inside Sishu Bhawan premises, the government run premier pediatric hospital.
While the whole nation is preparing itself for a cleaner India, Where govt. led Swachh Bharat Mission is on it’s prime, the irony is people often throw the used sanitary napkins in the open without properly disposing it. Well again CMC has a way to deal with it. Along with the sanitary napkin vending machines, incinerators have also been installed in Cuttack, which will dispose of used napkins in a hygienic manner. Don’t you think this is something brilliant!
These vending and incinerators have been installed with the help of centre owned corporation HLL Lifecare. CMC has spent at least Rs 1 lakh from its own coffers in installing these two sets of machines. If the machines get good response then the civic body will install few more machines at necessary public places.
If Cuttack can come up with such an good idea to help out women, why can’t other cities in Odisha. Let us know in the comment section if you want your city to install such machines. Who knows your city might be in the list too to get such vending machines.