Chennai Government Schools to soon get electric napkin incinerators. Girl students can be free from anxious menstrual napkins disposal woes. They can look forward to better hygiene in Chennai’s Government schools as the school education department will install electrical sanitary napkin incinerators to improve sanitation in a month’s time. These machines have already been installed in Government Schools across 13 districts. Sri. Pradeep Yadav, Principal Secretary of the department said, “Orders have been placed to install incinerators in all government girls only and co-educations schools, in Chennai and the project will be completed in due course”.

The State Government has allotted around 14 crores to acquire and install the machines in all government schools. The department has already installed 1136 incinerators and has delivered 1520 to schools. Most of the schools in Cuddalore, Vilupuram, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and nine other districts have begun using the machines. Schools will bear the machines’ maintenance cost.

The incinerators as students’ claim will be very beneficial. “What is more inconvenient than having periods is disposing the soiled napkins. We will not have to worry about maintaining hygiene in the campus anymore” said a student. The fully automated machine, prevents foul odour from used napkins and can burn 150 to 200 napkins a day. The department has also provided cupboard facilities in all schools to store toiletries including sanitary napkins at 64.01 lakhs.

While the state is busy promoting hygiene in government schools, there are also complaints that incinerators at a few corporation schools are not being maintained. Educational Officer, Greater Chennai Corporation, E. Govindasamy said, “based on the complaints we repair the machines”. The Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, mandates installing incinerators or special disposal dustbins to prevent pollution.

Hope procurement, maintenance of these sanitary napkins incinerators will take away the disposal woes of the girls in government schools. If the government provides them within the committed time, month this would definitely be the most HYGIENIC WAY TO DISPOSE THE SANITARY NAPKINS, and not pollute the school environment. State government’s initiative to this effect is commendable and appreciative for the cause of girls’ hygiene and health.