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Programme to make sanitary napkins here mooted - Minister

The government is considering to initiate a programme to locally manufacture sanitary pads, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the House yesterday (20).

The government is presently holding discussions with the Indian entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganathan, known as the ‘Pad Man’ on initiating the programme, Minister Rambukwella noted.

Rambukwella made these observations responding to concerns raised by the Opposition regarding the issues faced by Sri Lankan women in purchasing sanitary pads during the economic crisis.

Rambukwella noted, “We are presently holding discussions with the ‘Pad-Man’ to commence a project to locally manufacture sanitary pads. We do agree that this issue is a serious problem faced by our females.” The Minister also noted that due to cultural reasons such problems are not openly or widely discussed in the country. Drawing the attention of the House to the matter, the Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said that when he raised this issue during the previous Presidential Election he was ridiculed and name called. Premadasa urged the government to reduce the taxes on sanitary napkins as an immediate solution to the issue. Samagi Jana Balawegaya MPs Premanath C.Dolawatta and Rohini Kavirathne also raised concerns regarding the matter.

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