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All Vadodara police stations to have sanitary pad vending units, each pad to cost Rs 5

Indian Express 2018-08-08 07:50:02
Policewomen avail the new facility, Tuesday. (Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana)

In a first in Gujarat, all the 21 police stations in Vadodara city will install sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators by the end of this month. Dispensing a pad at Rs 5, the user-friendly machines will offer police women an affordable and convenient access to sanitary napkins along with the incinerators for easy disposal.

“One-third of our total workforce is women and they difficulties when they have to work for 24 hours a day during law and order situations. Based on the feedbacks from them, we decided to go ahead with this project of installing sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators at police stations. And this is the first time in Gujarat when all police stations in a city will have these machines,” said Vadodara City Commissioner of Police, Anupam Singh Gahlaut.

The machines will benefit 529 women police officials posted around the city and also woman complainants who will be visiting the police stations.

“I have seen women face issues while being away at work for long hours without any access to sanitary napkins. We even opt for make-shift sanitary napkin in emergency situations. So, we started this project,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Saroj Kumari who undertook the project.

Under the pilot project, the machine was first installed at Mahila police station and near the women police training ground at the police headquarters, a month ago.

The Mahila police station has the traffic police wing in its adjacent building and has a total strength of 55 women police officials at Mahila police station and 25 at the traffic police station.

At a time, the machine can dispense 35 sanitary napkins. The vending machine is refilled every week by volunteers from city-based Vatsalaya Foundation, which developed the vending machine and the incinerators.

“This sanitary napkin vending machine has made us more productive. A move like such helps us feel more comfortable and work with more comfort for long hours,” said Leela Bamaniya, a police constable stationed at the Mahila police station.

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