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Bengal: Stores working out of inventory, on-line companies hit, SFI cushions sanitary pad shortage

Written by Atri Mitra
| Kolkata |

Published: April 6, 2020 5:40:56 am

coronavirus outbreak, india lockdown, online services, SFI, Sanitary pad, kolkata news, indian express news People queue up for meals gadgets at Beliaghata, Sunday. (Photo: Partha Paul)

When Jadavpur resident Moumita Chakraborty, 32, failed to purchase sanitary napkins even after a number of visits to a number of drugs retailers, she was in a repair. Her woes doubled because the common on-line house supply companies, which stopped with the imposition of the nationwide lockdown to cease the unfold of coronavirus, had been but to renew.

It was then that she got here throughout a Facebook put up, put up by the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), the scholars’ wing of CPM, that in Bengali requested girls to contact them “without any hesitation”. Chakraborty instantly referred to as up on one of many two numbers supplied on the put up, and inside 12 hours she received sanitary pads delivered at her doorstep.

According to SFI members, that they had began distributing sanitary napkins from March 25 in nearly each district of the state. At least 5,000 girls have purchased sanitary napkins from them, they stated.

Rituparna Mitra, SFI’s Central Committee member, stated their predominant focus was on girls who belonged to underprivileged background or rural areas. “There are more shops available in cities, and urban people do not see menstruation and sanitary napkins as taboos.”

However, she added that their companies had been obtainable for all cross-sections of the society because the lockdown had affected everybody.

According to Mitra, the SFI began its marketing campaign in 2016, however earlier, the members used to conduct consciousness drives solely.

“But now with the lockdown in place, we realised that it will be difficult for women to venture out of their houses to buy sanitary napkins. So, we started the initiative of distributing pads across the state through social networking sites. Thousands of women have sought help from us and we have reached out to them successfully.”

Another SFI chief and South 24 Parganas district secretary, Tanusree Mondol, stated: “We accept money from those who can afford, to the rest we deliver for free. We distribute sanitary pads as per demand and choice of women callers.”

According to Mondol, the group retains in contact with a number of distributors who provide the merchandise at wholesale fee.

“After seeing our advertisement, many distributors got in touch with us and expressed eagerness to supply sanitary napkins. We procure the products from these distributors and deliver them to different parts of the state.”

According to SFI, a particular workforce has been arrange in each district for distribution. Several male members of SFI are additionally related to the workforce and ship sanitary napkins at individuals’s doorstep.

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