Indian Railways goes on journey to provide sanitary pads to rural womenStaff Writer | March 6, 2018
The Indian Railways has announced that it will embark on a unique drive to ensure that all women, particularly those in rural areas, get access to bio-degradable sanitary pads at subsidised rates.
Asia Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal:
In many rural areas in India, women simply can't afford to buy sanitary pads or even clean cloth to soak up their periods. Instead they use alternatives like pieces of rag which often lead to infections.
Approximately 70 percent of all reproductive diseases in India are said to be caused by poor menstrual hygiene.
The proposed move by the Indian Railways will benefit many, given that it is one of the world's largest train networks, criss-crossing the country from north to south, and operates some 9,000 passenger trains and carries nearly 23 million passengers every day. ■