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Delhi HC issues notice to ensure free availability of sanitary pads

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The High on Monday issued notice to the of India, Governemnt, Municipal Council (NDMC) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCDs) on a PIL filed to ensure availability of sanitary pads for free or at subsidized rates.

The has also directed to conduct workshops on menstrual hygiene for school girls.

The next date of the hearing is on November 7.

Meanwhile earlier, sanitary napkins attracted a Goods and Services (GST) of 12 per cent, a shade lower than 13.7 per cent in the previous indirect regime.

Clarifying on reports of incidence on sanitary napkins under GST, a ministry statement said, "The tax incidence on this item before and after is the same or less."

In pre-GST, they attracted concessional excise duty of 6 per cent and 5 per cent VAT.

The total tax incidence on sanitary napkins was 13.68 per cent after considering cesses.

"Therefore, 12 per cent rate had been provided for sanitary napkin," it said.

Raw materials used for manufacture of sanitary napkins attract of 12 per cent and 18 per cent.

If the on sanitary napkins was reduced to 5 per cent, it will further accentuate the tax inversion and result in even higher accumulated input tax credit (ITC), with correspondingly higher financial costs on account of fund blockage and associated administrative cost of refunds, putting domestic manufacturers at even greater disadvantage vis-a-vis imports.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 20:44 IST