Hyderabad: In a first of its kind in the country, the State government will distribute Balika Aarogya Raksha (Health and Hygiene) kits to about 6 lakh girl students studying in government-run educational institutions across Telangana.
The kit will contain 13 products including Patanjali bathing soap, detergent soap, toothbrush, Dabur coconut hair oil, shampoo, toothpaste, Eyetex facial powder, sanitary napkins, tongue cleaner, comb, sticker ‘bindi’s, nylon ribbons and hairbands.
The kits will be distributed to girls aged between 12 and 18 studying in government, general residential educational institutions, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas, Model Schools and aided schools. This apart, handwash will be provided to both girls and boys studying in government educational institutions.
Distribution of the first set of kits will be from August 24 to 31 and will be given once in a quarter catering to the needs of students all through the year. The programme will benefit 4,18,440 girls in government schools, 55,195 in Model Schools, 80,999 in KGBVs, 9,651 in Telangana Residential Educational Institutions Society and 26,695 girls studying in aided schools.
The State government will be spending Rs.1,600 towards each student and annually Rs.100 crore on distribution of the kits.
Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiam Srihari, who convened a meeting with Education Department officials at the Secretariat here on Tuesday, said for protection of girl students’ health, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has sanctioned Rs.100 crore.
During the meeting, necessary instructions were issued to all officials to launch the kits distribution from August 24. A senior official of the Directorate of School Education said that kits have already reached mandal points and were ready for distribution.
“Necessary instructions are issued to officials to verify whether the products in each kit and handwash is as per indented brand and quality,” a senior official said.