A campaign which asks government to make sanitary napkins tax-free has been trending on Twitter.
SheSays, a non-profitorganisation, started the campaign with #LahukaLagaan. The campaign urges finance minister Arun Jaitley to exempt the tax on sanitary napkins by making it a non-luxury item under the GST.
— SheSays (@SheSaysIndia) April 19, 2017
However, Delhi government has reduced the tax on sanitary pads to 5 percent from the earlier 12.5 percent in March 2017. The tax on sanitary napkins is still 14% in many other states.
Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has supported a Change.org petition, started by Congress MP Sushmita Dev, for scrapping of tax on sanitary napkins and recalled that during previous UPA government she had called for providing napkin free to BPL families.
Several celebrities and standup comedians have tweeted to the finance minister in support of the campaign.
— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) April 19, 2017
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) April 19, 2017
— radhika vaz (@radvaz) April 19, 2017
— MissMalini (@MissMalini) April 19, 2017
— Shenaz Treasury (@ShenazTreasury) April 18, 2017
— Anu Menon (@ExLolaKutty) April 18, 2017
— Mallika Dua (@MallikaDua) April 18, 2017
— Cyrus Broacha (@BoredBroacha) April 18, 2017
— SheSays (@SheSaysIndia) April 18, 2017
Out of the 497 million women who constitute the Indian population, only 12 percent actually use sanitary napkins.
The remaining population resorts to traditional alternatives like old fabric, rags, newspapers, sand, dry leaves and plastic.