Government launches ‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’ Sanitary Napkin

Published on June 06, 2018
The government of India has launched the ‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’, the Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin, under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP).

Government launches ‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’ Sanitary Napkin

Key Ponts

  • The affordable sanitary napkins will now become available at over 3600 Janaushadhi Kendras functional in 33 States/UTs across India
  • The product will be available at just Rs 2.50 per pad-- one-fourth of the cost of the branded sanitary pads
  • Suvidha sanitary napkin was the first biodegradable napkin in the country that comes with much higher cost of at least Rs 8 per piece, takes 500 years to degrade in nature.
  • Suvidha napkins degrade with soil within three to six months.


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; only 48 percent women in rural areas have access to clean sanitary napkins.

Expected Questions

 SUVIDHA’, the Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkins are provided under which of the following schemes?
a. Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana
b. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
c. National Rural Livelihood Mission
d. Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana
e. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana

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