Sanitary Napkins shouldn't be taxed at all or very less tax should be imposed on them.

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Respected PM Mr. Modi,

Putting a tax on luxury goods in a country  is justifiable on the premise that proceeds from such taxation will be spent on developmental work but putting a tax on the most basic and fundamental need of a woman that is beneficial for her better health and menstrual hygiene is something which needs better debate and rethinking while putting such necessity items on a taxable items list. As salt is a basic necessity for a person, necessity of a sanitary napkins or any other sanitary hygiene related products used primarily by women should not be put to tax, primarily because in a country like India where thousands of adolescent girls & women all combined still don't have access to better menstrual hygiene products and use cloth, sand, husk and other unhygienic ways during their menstrual cycles and hence are exposed to major reproductive tract infections. In the majority of  rural and semi urban areas talking about menstruation and better health and hygiene during the menses is still taboo, access to sanitary napkins to girls and women is a challenging task because of higher economic costs attached to it because even those who are aware of its benefits and necessity willingly choose a cheaper alternative locally available regardless of the risks attached to such usage.

It is therefore requested to honorable PM and those who frame and design our taxation policies kindly keep this item of sanitary napkins or any such product which girls and women use for better menstrual hygiene and health out of that taxable items list. This will also be a welcome step towards promoting girls and women empowerment on a bigger scale.The GST which is scheduled to come to effect soon, please do consider putting a negligible or no tax at all on such BASIC NECESSITY product which is used by a girl or a woman for majority part of her life and is beneficial for her health too and putting a tax or making such a commodity expensive is detrimental to her empowerment in a certain way.

Hope better sense prevails and we see some reforms here too.

Thank you.

Meetika Srivastava.

 

 

 

 

 



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