With an aim to address the periodical problems faced by lady member-journalists hygienically, a sanitary napkin-vending machine was installed at Guwahati Press Club (GPC) on 27 July 2016. The coin-based automatic Suraksha machine, sponsored by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Guwahati Angels under its national flagship Suraksha project was inaugurated by JCI India’s NE zone president Manish Khatuwala and GPC secretary Nava Thakuria.
JCI Guwahati Angels president Vinita Khakholia, while addressing the program informed that they had already installed 14 Suraksha machines at Cotton College (girls’ common room and hostel), Nichols School, Sisters Home, St Mary's School Maligaon etc.
It may be mentioned that JCI is a century old international organization of young people connecting over 100 countries in the world. The JCI India is an affiliated body for the country, which is registered under the Indian society registration act.
Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hygiene & cleanliness drive, the JCI India launched the Suraksha program under its community development initiatives to address the issue of women’s hygiene and cleanliness. It has taken a target of installing 1000 sanitary napkin disposal & vending machines in various important places of the region. The function, attended by JCI India’s active members like Silky Choudhury, Khakholia, Mitu Agarwal, Rajiv Ajitcharia, Manish Goenka, Gunjan Donthalia, Priyanka Gupta, Tina Aga etc also witnessed the assurance of installing an incinerator to destroy the used napkins by the JCI Guwahati at the press club premises very soon.