Mumbai : The MNS on Tuesday accused the Maharashtra government of failing to make available sanitary napkins vending machines at higher education institutes in the state.

MNS general secretary Shalini Thackeray, referring to recent RTI reply to a query filed by activist Nilesh Bhosle, said the reponse has showed that out of all engineering colleges in the state, only two colleges have installed the machines, proving that the government has “miserably failed” to uphold the right and dignity of women.   “Every woman has a right to basic sanitation, which begins in her school or college,” she said adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship ‘Swachch Bharat’ and ‘Beti Bachao- Beti Padhhao’ campaigns stand futile if women and young girls are deprived of basic healthcare facilities.

According to a directive issued by National Commission for Women in September 2014, it had mandated all schools

and colleges to install vending machines for sanitary pads in order to safeguard the health of female students. PTI

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