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Why Centre's funds for menstrual hygiene projects unutilised: HC to Delhi govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court today asked the to explain the reasons for non-utilisation of the funds disbursed by the Centre for providing sanitary napkins and creating awareness about menstrual among school students.

A bench of Acting and Justice sought the government's stand on the issue after an application was moved stating that according to information received under the Right To Information (RTI), Rs 27 lakh disbursed by the Centre for providing products, has not been used.

The court asked the government to indicate its stand before the next date of hearing on October 16.

During the brief hearing, Delhi government's told the bench that the Centre disbursed the funds for two pilot projects to provide the products for Rs 6 per pack.

He said the instead planned to provide the products free-of-cost.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation by Setu Niket, who has sought directions to the Centre, the and civic bodies to establish a mechanism to provide on menstruation and menstrual hygiene in all schools here.

The petition has sought a direction to the authorities to ensure that menstrual were made available to adolescent girls in schools free-of-cost or at subsidised rates.

It has also sought the establishment of a mechanism to provide to girls aged 11-14 years about menstrual hygiene and safeguards, and access to trained female teachers or counsellors in schools on a weekly or a monthly basis for imparting on the issue.

The plea has said it was imperative to sensitise children in the 10-14 age group about menstrual hygiene and every possible effort should be made by the state to help girls continue with their education.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 20:20 IST