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A pre-budget study says why there has been no deduction on the sanitary napkins despite other overseas areas charge nominal considering women empowerment.
Raising the finger further, the study also pointed out that tax on cigarettes reduced and alcohol, petroleum, real estate are out of GST.
There is big chunk of money flowing through this route, and the contribution is 45% in our GDP and still no action has been formulated.
Several areas in overseas have nominal percent and some have 0% of tax on sanitary napkins, France-5.5 %, Canada-0%, Kenya-0% and Italy-4%, UK-5% are charging just for the raw material, despite no “Beti Bachao Beti pahdao” schems.
There was a lot of expectation from the current budget that our government, before which it has been talking lot about women empowerment , gender equality, yet, one of the major thing which is related with health of women’s is under threat.
According to the nelson’s report, out of 35 corers in India, only 12% women’s/girls were using napkins. Whereas 70% says that they are not able to bear the cost of napkins and 88% women’s/girls were using cloths and leaves.
NGOs who are trying hard to do something regarding this, resulted women’s have now started realizing that it is useful and safe to use napkins in many rural parts of India, but after GST its has become a bit problematic for them to shed money for such an expensive affair which is why they might return to the old ways of using cloths, leaves, papers etc..
An appropriate and prompt step is needed to be taken related to this big issue especially when we talk about the equality.