Assam: Petition by Silchar MP for tax free sanitary napkins gets good response!

GUWAHATI, March 19: Silchar MP Sushmita Devi is on a mission, a mission to propagate proper hygiene among the womenfolk in India, irrespective of class. Her online petition to make sanitary napkins tax-free has received great response. The petition which began started after International Women’s Day, has received around 90,000 signatures so far.

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SILCHAR MP, SUSHMITA DEV (P.C: ALCHETRON)

Sushmita had written to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in this regard but did not get a reply. This prompted her to launch a nationwide petition.

She said in the petition if condoms and contraceptives could be made tax-free, so should sanitary napkins. “I decided to start this petition after I didn’t get any response from the finance minister. He shouldn’t think I’m doing this for political mileage,” she added. According to a study titled ‘Sanitary Protection: Every Woman’s Health Right’, around 70% women in India could not afford to buy sanitary napkins. The report also says only 12% of the country’s 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins.

“This move will impact millions of girls and women. It will make sanitary napkins cheaper for middle-class families and make them affordable for low-income families for the first time. Girls and women face a lot of stigma and embarrassment for menstruation,” the MP wrote in the petition.

Be a part of revolution to enable affordable health and hygiene for women across the nation by signing the petition here: Petition to Arun Jaitley for removal of tax on sanitary napkins

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