Indias First Sanitary-Napkin Free Village

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18 January 2022 Current Affairs:Kumbalanghi in Kerala will be India’s first village without sanitary napkins.


  • Kumbalanghi in Kerala is scheduled to be the first sanitary napkin-free panchayat in the country. 
  • This action is part of the ‘Avalkayi’ initiative, which is being carried out in the Ernakulam electoral district in collaboration with HLL Management Academy’s “Thingal Scheme” and Indian Oil Corporation. 
  • Menstrual cups will be supplied to women in Kumbalangi village aged 18 and up as part of this campaign. 
  • Under it, 5000 menstruation cups will be supplied. The Governor will also designate Kumbalangi village as a model village at the same time. 
  • The Pradhan Mantri Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (PM-SAGY) is funding the model village project. In addition, a new visitor information center will be built in the village.


  • Kumbalangi is an island town on the fringes of Kerala’s Kochi metropolis. 
  • It is a popular tourist destination known for its Chinese fishing nets.
  •  It’s roughly 12 kilometers from the city center, nestled among backwaters. 
  • The village is also India’s first eco-tourism destination.

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