‘Lahu ka lagaan’ ends: Sanitary products made tax free

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Sanitary napkins, which attract 12 per cent tax, and fortified milk, which was taxed at 18 per cent, have been exempt from the new indirect tax. Several folks online have warned us all that we shouldn't rejoice because while tax might be zero, prices of sanitary napkins could actually increase to compensate for the lack of input credit tax.

The drop in prices is so negligible that it would hardly make any difference for women who stay away from sanitary products due to their costs. Every state wanted that the rates on these items be lowered for the benefit of middle-income households... The Council will meet next on August 4. He was given the additional charge of the Finance Ministry after Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS for a kidney transplant.

Meanwhile, hoteliers cheered as their long-standing demand to apply Goods and Services Tax (GST) on transaction value, and not declared tariff, was accepted by the GST Council on Saturday.

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Feminine hygiene now tax-free in India; sanitary napkins out of GST net

The government also reduced rates on an array of daily-use appliances and products, including small TV, washing machine, refrigerator, paint, perfume, footwear up to '1,000, and handicraft items. It is estimated to cause a revenue loss of around Rs 8,000-10,000, crore with cuts in the peak 28% slab alone costing the exchequer about Rs 6,000 crore.

Beyond a legal recognition of sanitary napkins as a necessity, these movements have been fighting for access to better menstrual health more than anything.

Other reports in recent years have linked a lack of basic infrastructure such as toilets in government schools in suburban and rural areas, as well as a lack of access to sanitary pads, with higher dropout rates among girls. The move also gave birth to some incredible artwork like this one by Instagram user @jiljilramamani, celebrating the news and "sending hugs out into the universe for every voice of dissent raised over the last year".

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India has withdrawn a controversial tax on sanitary pads following a vocal campaign led by activists and Bollywood stars to boost female education and empowerment.

Sanitary pads, which were initially taxed at 18 per cent, were brought down to 12 per cent under GST that was launched in July 2017.

GST on handmade carpets and handmade textile floor coverings has been reduced from 12 per cent to 5 per cent.

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SheSays India, a Mumbai-based NGO that works to promote gender equality and women's rights, has been hammering at the government's doors on this issue since as far back as 2016.

Besides revenue collection, the GST council will now focus on job creation as well, the Finance Minister said.

The online petition gained more than 400,000 signatures. According to The Times of India, students of a Girls' college in Bengaluru took out a rally holding placards saying "Don't tax my period". In simple terms, the process would be "UPLOAD - LOCK - PAY" for most taxpayers.

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