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Govt to set up sanitary pad mfg units in all blocks: Prasad

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government will set up sanitary pad making units in all blocks of the country through its special purpose vehicle India, said today.

"One sanitary pad making unit by the CSC shall be opened in each block of .., which will be sold at low price of Rs 5-8 a unit through village-level entrepreneurs; so that we can progressively work in direction of improving natural hygiene," the Union law and IT minister told reporters after meeting state IT ministers and secretaries.

manages operations of common service centres (CSCs) across which provide government services in rural area and off-late have diversified into selling ayurvedic products, LED bulbs etc.

The are run by independent village-level entrepreneurs (VLE) who take franchise for providing in rural areas.

"Through this we will have 60,000 women employed. We talk about Swachh Bharat so menstrual hygiene is important as part of Swachh Bharat," said.

He said that at present 2.8 lakh are operational across about 1.7 lakh gram panchayats (GPs).

"There are 2.5 lakh in the country. We have decided that by May, should be operating in balance 70,000 GPs," said.

Earlier in the day, Prasad at the meeting had said ration should not be denied to poor if they do not have

"We need to think on ways to encourage people in getting Aadhaar," Prasad said.

He said alternate document should be used for providing benefits to the poor till they get

As per government data, there are about 120 crore users in the country and 14 crore are yet to be enrolled. Most of the people left out of Aadhaar belong to North East, Jammu and Kashnmir and in the age group of 0-5 years.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 22:45 IST