The Union authorities, in its reply to the Bombay excessive court docket (HC) relating to a petition that sought instructions to incorporate of sanitary napkins as a vital commodity, stated that it has initiated numerous measures to make sure hygiene amongst all strata of the society, and underneath the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), it constructed practically 10.87 crore family bogs and 85,784 neighborhood bogs throughout rural India. Therefore, Centre stated, the declare of the petitioner regulation college students that there was failure on the a part of the Central authorities to implement the Menstrual Hygiene Administration (MHM) schemes for the poor was not justified.
The affidavit filed by the division of ingesting water and sanitation (DDWS) in reply to the problems raised within the public curiosity litigation (PIL) filed by Nikita Gore, a regulation scholar, via advocate Vinod Sangvikar, has stated that the MHM grogramme was included within the SBM since 2015. The Central authorities scheme is applied by states underneath the SBM (Grameen) programme which goals at making villages open-defecation free. Pursuant to this, the division had constructed practically 10.87 crore family bogs and 85,784 neighborhood bogs throughout India.
The affidavit additional states that the grouse of the petitioners that the MHM was not being applied correctly, was unfounded because the initiatives had been taken underneath the SBM (G) scheme to not solely distribute sanitary napkins to girls and ladies, however a mechanism was additionally put in place to get rid of the napkins. In mild of this, the affidavit filed by Magan Lal, under-secretary, ministry of Jal Shakti, division of ingesting water and sanitation, has said that together with bogs, the problem of MHM was additionally taken care of.