25th May 2017
GST is a new indirect tax system and an ambitious project for Government of India. The Tax System will be implemented from 1st July. The rate list has been in the last days, in which the government has not imposed any tax on contraceptive and preventive measures, the sanitary napkins have been taxed at the rate of 12 per cent. This explains that demand for sanction of sanitary pads has been going on for a long time and there is a campaign going on with social media.
GST is being levied for more than 20 tax indirect taxes. Recently, GST Council has fixed GST rates on many commodities and services. Rates have been clearly stated on all the items (not services) in the rate list issued after the meeting held on May 18, 2017.
In this draft issued after the meeting in Srinagar, the condom, contraception (prevention and contraceptive) under NIL, 5 %, 12 % and 28 5 slab has been kept in the Nil category in the GST rate slab. Obviously, keeping in mind the issues like health and population, it has been decided to not tax them to reach more and more people. At the same time, Kumkum, Bindi, Sindur(Vermilion) and Alta have also been kept in the Nil category.
Plastic bangles are also part of the same category. In such cases, questions are being raised about why 12 % tax has been imposed on this essential thing related to women's health. However, it may be noted here that the government has kept some of the essential things in this neat category, but if things related to life and death like worship material are not included in the Nil Tax slab then it is related to menstrual cycle. It is natural to organize the necessity of not keeping it in this area.
The chairman of the Delhi Women's Commission says that it will be difficult to buy it for millions of poor women by tax free.
The Kerala government will divide the napkin, will also give a 'remedy' to destroy
By the way, in Kerala, it has been mandatory for the government to install sanitary napkin vending machine in every school, through which pad will be given. The country has become the first state in which this step has been taken.
The government will give clean sanitary pads under the girls pad for the girls of the school. Also napkin destroyers (which can be used to destroy the napkins) can also be destroyed. The cost of running this scheme for five years will be Rs 30 crore. This is Chief Minister's related post:
What is lahu ka lagaan?
It is tax free sanitary napkin campaign is also being released by Lakhan, who has got a lot of support. An organization named 'Shi Sage' - She says, had launched a campaign called 'Lhu ki Lagaan' in which campaign was lifted by campaigning against sanitary napkins and it was common people From to celebrities, they supported the loud voice.
The Delhi Women Commission also wrote a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, appealing to sanitary napkins to get tax exemption under GST. The Commission's President Swati Maliwal demanded his intervention on the issue of Sanitary Napkin which has been imposed on 12 per cent tax as per the GST list. He said that cleanliness and proper health is the fundamental right of every woman citizen.
A campaign is being run on social media and people are still surprised and resentful about the fact that despite all requests (and needs) by the government, the sanitary napkins have not been tax free in GST.
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