Petition to Arun Jaitley for removal of tax on sanitary napkins

Petition to Arun Jaitley for removal of tax on sanitary napkins

7 March 2017
Petition to
Arun Jaitley (Minister of Finance) and 2 others
This petition made change with 4,03,150 supporters!

Why this petition matters

India is about to cross an important milestone in implementing the GST and this has brought to the forefront a long pending demand of various activists and organisations to reduce or abolish the tax on SANITARY NAPKINS.

Data in the public domain show:

Making it affordable

It is bound to have an impact on attendance of girls in schools, adding impetus to greater women participation in our work force which is just a meager 21.9%.  Affordability, ease of availability and accessibility needs to be at the forefront of this battle.

Environmental factor

As the plastic used in sanitary napkins is non-biodegradable it leads to degradation of the environment.A minimal tax can be imposed on disposable sanitary napkins to dissuade its use on large scale in order to safe-guard the environment.


100% tax exemption for the production and distribution of environment and health friendly pads(reusable cloth sanitary napkins and environment friendly napkins)  will:

  •  add impetus to the reach of the product
  •  also help the organisations involved in the production of these pads that also gives livelihood opportunities to rural women.

Why is the tax unfair?

Women are being taxed 12 months a year, for about 39 years on a process they have no control over.

What the government needs to do

With the GST that is going to be implemented, a step needs be taken by the central government to make sanitary napkins tax free (like condoms and contraceptives) as it is an essential item which is a necessity for every woman.

This step will only bolster the idea of 'Beti Bachao Beti Padao' and 'Swachh Bharat'.

How you may help

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day let us take a pledge for our future and the future of millions of Indian women. I request one and all to sign the petition to make way for Tax Free Wings.




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