Thiruvanathapuram: The Kerala government has allocated a sum of Rs 10 crore for promoting the use of eco-friendly and cost-effective menstrual cups instead of sanitary napkins.
Awareness programmes and campaigns will be conducted at government level in schools, colleges and work places to promote the use of menstrual cups, Finance Minister KN Balagopal said during his budget speech on Friday.
Menstrual cups have become increasingly popular in the state following awareness campaigns. Under the initiative of Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden, one lakh menstrual cups were distributed by the Ernakulam district administration in Kochi last September.
Meanwhile, An amount of Rs10 crore was earmarked for the activities of Gender Park.
The budget also earmarked an amount of Rs 63.50 crore for ensuring nutritious food to Anganwadi children by providing Egg and Milk two days a week.