As the central government has levied 12 per cent Goods and Service Tax (GST) on sanitary napkins. In the final meeting of the GST council on June 3, the final tax limits are expected to be decided. The growing demand to exempt sanitary napkins from GST has gained potential, as many social workers and prominent political figures have written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley demanding #TaxFreePad.
Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also demanded complete exemption of sanitary napkins from this tax. While speaking exclusively to My Medical Mantra, Amruta Fadnavis strongly came out in support of tax free sanitary pads and termed it as an essential item and not a luxury item.
Should government make sanitary napkin tax free?
Sanitary napkins are essential for women. They are not at all luxury items. I demand to make sanitary napkins tax free. In rural area the sanitation awareness during menstruation amongst women is very less. Mostly, cloth pads are used during this time. Sometimes women use each other’s used pads. The situation is terrible. That is why sanitary napkins are essential.
If the tax exemption at central level does not happen, will you raise the issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis?
Whenever I get the opportunity I will surely raise this issue with him.
Menstrual hygiene is still a less discussed subject. What can be done to break the taboos?
We have to make people understand that menstruation is completely a natural process. No religious stigmas should be attached to it. Women are denied entry in temples because of menstruation. This is wrong. Also, in many homes, they are not allowed to enter kitchen or touch children while menstruating. Such kind of stigmas should be eradicated.