January 15, 2022: Kumbalangi in Ernakulam, Kerala will be the first-ever sanitary napkin-free village in the country. The announcement will be made by Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Thursday, January 13. The achievement is part of a unique campaign underway in Ernakulam constituency.
As part of the initiative, menstrual cups will be distributed to women aged 18 and above. A total of 5000 menstrual cups will be distributed.
According to MP Hibi Eden, the project is being implemented as part of ’Avalkayi’ (for her) scheme being implemented in the Ernakulam parliamentary constituency. The other partners in the scheme are HLL Management Academy through their ’Thingal’ scheme and Indian Oil Corporation.
Kumbalanghi will be declared a model village by the Governor at the same event. The model village project is implemented through Pradhan Mantri Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). One of the major attractions for tourists in Kochi, Kumbalanghi, will also have a new tourist information center. It holds the title of India’s first model tourist village too.