The district administration on Monday decided to install 10 sanitary napkin vending machines at 10 government-run educational institutions to promote personal hygiene among girl students in the coming year.
Deputy commissioner J Ganesan said the administration had planned to place incinerators at all three colleges and seven senior secondary schools of the district to ensure safe disposal of the pads.
A local social organisation, Swaymsiddha, has been roped for the pilot project named 'Sakhi' that will start from January 26.
A set of three napkins will be available at `10 at the vending machine.
Ganesan said the scheme was expected to benefit 5,000 girls studying in different educational institutions. He added that the main aim of the project was to educate and provide sanitary napkins to the girls in their privacy.
"The girls also feel embarrassed to discuss their monthly problems. That's why we have come up with the scheme that will help students to get sanitary pads easily. As per our plan, HLL Lifecare, a government of India's enterprise, will place the vending machines and incinerators in the girls' washrooms," said the DC.
Also, the administration had decided to rope in two accredited social health activists (ASHAs) who would be provided with a vehicle to ensure smooth supply of napkins.