Menstrual Leaves For Students At Educational Institutions Not In Consideration, Says Union Ministry

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During the Parliament Session of Lok Sabha seating, Dr. Subhas Sarkar, the Union Minister of State in the Education Ministry informed that there is no proposal under consideration for menstrual leave at educational institutions.

On the 6th of February, Monday, Dr. Subhas Sarkar replied to the proposal of the Kerala Government, seeking menstrual leaves for students at educational institutions.  The response was shared in a written response, which read, “The University Grants Commission (UGC) has informed that it has developed the ‘Guidelines for Basic facilities and amenities for safe, secure environment for Women and Women Cell (for sensitisation, policy implementation, monitoring and grievance redressal) in HEIs’ which inter alia provides that, the HEIs should ensure easy access to basic sanitation and hygiene facilities for women such as clean, well maintained and fully functioning separate restrooms equipped with 24 hours tap water supply, soap, covered dustbins, sanitary pad disposal bins and vending machines in all its buildings.  There should be proper sanitary staff deployed to keep the facilities clean and usable at all times.” 

However, as of now, there is no consideration to grand menstrual leaves to female students at educational institutions in India.   Dr. Subhas Sarkar also mentioned that under initiatives such as ‘Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat’, the UGC has issued an advisory to promote menstrual sanitation and proper disposal of menstrual waste by creating awareness.  It also encouraged every woman to use eco friendly incinerators and promoted research for biodegradable alternatives.

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