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Khushi Scheme of Odisha

Topics covered:

  1. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  2. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

 

Khushi Scheme of Odisha

 

What to study?

  • For Prelims: Key features of Khushi and Ujjwala sanitary napkins initiative.
  • For Mains: Significance of the scheme and the need for such schemes.

 

Context: The Centre’s recently introduced ‘Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins’ initiative is being seen as an attempt to counter the ‘Khushi’ scheme launched by the Odisha State government.

About Khushi Scheme:

As part of its initiatives to empower women, the Odisha government, last year, launched this scheme to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls across the state.

  • The scheme will be implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of 70 crore per year.
  • Under this scheme, the Health Department of Odisha Government aims to provide free sanitary pads to 1.7 million girl students from grade 6th to 12th in government and government-aided schools. Also, it aims to promote health and hygiene among school going girls and higher retention of girls in school.

 

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