Kerala Government is planning to install sanitary napkin vending machines in 900 schools. At Rs. 12000/- a machine, the project will cost around Rs. 1.10 crores. Hindustan Life Care Ltd. has been entrusted with this job it is learnt. It is not a wise decision to give away this huge amount just for dispensing machines.
The manufacturing of the napkins will obviously be done by big monopolistic companies and Kerala industry will not be benefited out of this proposition. So this money of 1.10 crores being invested for the vending machines should be given as the capital cost for starting small scale units manufacturing napkins at all districts as the process of manufacturing is simple and the cost of machinery very less. The Kudumbasree workers can take care of supplying napkins to the schools.
The proposed selling cost of napkin is one rupee and naturally the Government has to subsidize. This amount can be used as the running cost of these units instead of giving it to big companies. The Small scale Industry in Kerala will develop providing jobs to many people.