Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said that Delhi government will distribute free sanitary napkins to school girls. May be the money she and her colleagues made during the run-up to Commonwealth Games has run out and other sources have dried up and sanitary napkins contract is a way to make money.
Sanitary napkins are not a necessity. Till few decades back women did not use sanitary napkins. Around 70% of women in India do not use sanitary napkins. It is not the job of the state to provide sanitary napkins. After sanitary napkins it may be the case of free distribution of fairness creams, talcum powders, lipsticks, scents, perfumes and such things.
Sheila Dikshit has shown no concern about the safety of women in Delhi. Some years back a female journalist was murdered during night and Sheila Dikshit said that it was adventurous for a girl to go out at night. She did not talk about making Delhi safe for women at all times. She did not say law and order in Delhi is under the jurisdiction of Union Home Ministry and the Union Home Ministry should do more to make Delhi a safe place.
After Commonwealth Games, the central government had appointed Shunglu Committee which submitted reports. The government acted swiftly after the first report which was against Prasar Bharati CEO B. S. Lalli. After that Shunglu Committee submitted reports against Sheila Dikshit, Tejendra Khanna and others but the government did not act against them. Union Home Ministry sent a report to Delhi government to get its reply. As expected Delhi government has refuted charges. Suresh Kalmadi said he was responsible for 1,600 crore rupees spent by IOA on Commonwealth Games and Delhi government spent 16,000 crore rupees. Suresh Kalmadi is in jail. Nothing has happened to Sheila Dikshit. Suresh Kalmadi was unpopular for the mess he made it. Sheila Dikshit was popular for the efforts she made to rescue the games. But that is a separate issue.