Breaking taboo, PM Modi talks about sanitary pads in Independence Day speech

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PM Modi during Independence Day Speech
PM Modi during Independence Day Speech

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday delivered his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech from Delhi's Red Fort. He talked about self-reliance, India's futuristic approach and women empowerment.

While talking about women empowerment, he broke taboo and loudly announced his initiative to provide sanitary pads to poor women, speaking about hygine and its importance for good health.

"This government has been always concerned about the health of our daughters and sisters. Through 6,000 Janaushadhi centres, about 5 crore women have got sanitary pads at Re 1. Also, for their weddings, we have made committees so that the money can be used at the right time," said PM Modi said on the morning of August 15.

On social media he received special praise as he became the first Prime Minister of India to talk about sanitary pads in Independence Day speech.

Here are some of the reactions on social media:

"We welcome Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Independence Day Speech, which is particularly a huge victory for those of us working in the field of women’s and young people’s reproductive health and empowerment. The focus of the PM’s speech was enabling and empowering youth and women to be skilled and creative and provide innovative solutions in every sphere for building an 'Atmanirbhar Bharat’," said Poonam Muttreja, a public health expert and Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India.