Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani while addressing an inauguration seminar by Indian Jute Industries Research Association (IJIRA) on Wednesday applauded the low-cost jute based sanitary napkin developed by the organisation at Kolkata ”The jute-based sanitary napkins are natural and do not have many chemical interventions compared to normal napkins available. I want IJIRA to make presentations to ministries like women empowerment and rural development to promote women entrepreneurship,” Irani said .
She said as the machinery requirement for the jute-based sanitary napkins will cost about Rs 10 lakhs, and entrepreneurs can benefit from MUDRA loan scheme of the government. The Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) scheme provides refinance support to Banks / MFIs for lending to micro units having loan requirement up to 10 lakh.
IJIRA deputy director S K Chakrabarti said the research in sanitary napkins has reached the commercial exploitation stage. An incubation-cum-training centre was inaugurated by the union minister on Wednesday at the IJIRA facility. Chakrabarti said the body is working with self help groups to promote the technology by training women in this new centre.
Speaking about jute diversification, Irani said geo-textile is one of the major areas where jute industry can benefit. The union minister also said the government support will continue to modernise jute industry and farming.