Government launches ‘Suvidha’- affordable, biodegradable sanitary napkin

The Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mansukh L Mandaviya, launched the ‘Janaushadhi Suvidha’, the oxo-biodegradable sanitary napkin, under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) in Delhi on June 4, 2018.

The affordable sanitary napkin will now be made available at over 3600 Janaushadhi Kendras functional in 33 states and union territories across the country.

Key Highlights

The average price of sanitary napkins available in the market currently is around Rs 8 per pad, whereas the Suvidha napkins will be available at Rs 2.50 per pad.

The initiative will make the basic hygiene requirement aid affordable for the underprivileged women.

The product also comes with a special additive, which makes it biodegradable when it comes in contact with oxygen after being discarded.

According to the National Family Health Survey 2015-16, about 58 percent of women aged between 15 to 24 years use locally prepared napkins, sanitary napkins and tampons.

Further, about 78 percent women in urban areas use hygienic methods of protection during menstrual period, however, only 48 percent women in rural areas have access to clean sanitary napkins.


• The affordable sanitary napkins would ensure affordability, hygiene as well as ease of use and disposal.

• It is one of the most important requirements in ensuring health security to the section of women in India who still use unhygienic aids during menstrual period due to non-affordability of some of the popular brands of sanitary napkins available in the market currently.

• Such unhygienic aids often lead to fungal infections, reproductive tract infection, urinary tract infection, cervical cancer and also make women vulnerable to infertility.

About Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

The scheme aims to bring down the healthcare budget for all Indian citizens, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, by providing quality generic medicines at affordable prices.


It further aims to:

  • Create awareness among public regarding generic medicines.
  • Create demand for generic medicines through medical practioners.
  • Create awareness through education and awareness program that high price need not be synonymous with high quality.
  • Provide all the commonly used generic medicines covering all the therapeutic groups.
  • Provide all the related health care products too under the scheme.

Jan Aushadhi Campaign

  • The PMBJP scheme aims to make all commonly used generic drugs available at Jan Aushadhi Stores.
  • ‘Jan Aushadhi’ is a project launched by the Union Government in 2008 to provide quality medicines at affordable prices for all.
  • The campaign was undertaken through sale of generic medicines through exclusive outlets by the name ‘Jan Aushadhi Medical Store’ in various districts of the country.
  • The first ‘Jan Aushadhi Medical Store’ was opened on November 25, 2008 at Amritsar in Punjab.

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