Bombay HC notice to Centre on plea seeking GST exemption for sanitary pads

The petition contended that only 12 per cent women in India can afford sanitary napkins thus leaving the basic hygiene product out of reach for the remaining population.

Published: 20th July 2017 07:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2017 07:55 PM   |  A+A-

Image used for representational purpose only. (File photo | Reuters)

By PTI

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court today issued notice to the Centre and the Maharashtra government seeking their response to a plea for exemption of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on sanitary pads.     

A city-based NGO Shetty Women Welfare Foundation had approached the court on June 29 stating exemption of GST on sanitary napkins was necessary to make access to basic menstrual hygiene products easier for women.     

A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar issued notice to the Centre and the state government and posted the matter for hearing after four weeks.     

The petition contended that only 12 per cent women in India can afford sanitary napkins thus leaving the basic hygiene product out of reach for the remaining population.     

Under the GST regime that rolled out on July 1, sanitary napkins are in the 12 per cent tax category. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.