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MLA urges FM to roll back GST levied on sanitary napkins

Press Trust of India  |  Sagar (MP) 

A from has urged Minister to roll back the 12 per cent Goods and Services (GST) levied on sanitary napkins, in the interest of women's menstrual hygiene.

The legislator, Parul Sahu, said she wrote a letter to the minister two days back after talking to working women, young students and social workers over the issue.


"In our country, majority of the rural women cannot afford the regular use of sanitary napkins. The 12 per cent on sanitary pads will make the scenario worse in rural and semi-urban areas," Sahu said in the letter.

The from Surkhi constituency in MP's Sagar district is hopeful that the Central will consider her request.

"I personally feel that the is taking initiatives to promote the use of sanitary napkins in order to ensure better health and hygiene for women across India," Sahu said in the letter.

"I, therefore, have full confidence that you (the minister) will definitely review the decision and withdraw the on sanitary napkins," she said.

Earlier, Bollywood celebrities like Konkona Sen Sharma and Ekta Kapoor had also spoken out against the levied on sanitary napkins.

Under the new taxation system, the sanitary napkins will attract a 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 earlier said, "The incidence on this item before and after is the same or less."

In pre-GST, the item attracted a concessional Excise duty of 6 per cent and 5 per cent VAT. The total incidence on sanitary napkins was 13.68 per cent after considering cesses.

"Therefore, 12 per cent rate has been provided for the sanitary napkins," it said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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