In a historic move, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, a Delhi University College located in Bawana, has installed a vending machine for the purpose of dispensing sanitary napkins. One has to just insert a Rs 5 coin into the vending machines and can collect a sanitary napkin.
According to Times of India report, the machine has been sponsored by ONGC. “The machine, sponsored by ONGC and set up by CSR Research Foundation, an NGO, is among the first at a Delhi University College in a rural area,” Times of India reported.
The machine costs Rs 25,000, and it stocks around 200 pads and another 36 pads on the dispensing wheel.
Though the cost of the refills have to be borne by the College, this step is seen as a way towards making female hygiene accessible to women.
Notably, with a view to promote menstrual health hygiene among women and adolescent girls in our country, the Haryana Government had recently decided to install sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators in all government colleges in the state.