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Maneka Gandhi writes to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for making sanitary napkins tax free

This letter comes a day after Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev submitted her Change.org petition to Maneka Gandhi asking for abolition of tax on sanitary pads as per GST.

Published: 30th March 2017 11:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th March 2017 11:22 PM   |  A+A-

Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi (File | Reuters)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asking him to provide 100 per cent tax exemption for ecofriendly and bio-degradable sanitary napkins, under GST.

This letter comes a day after Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev submitted her Change.org petition to Maneka Gandhi asking for abolition of tax on sanitary pads as per GST.

In her letter to Jaitley, Gandhi is believed to have communicated the overwhelming response the petition has received, over 2.1 lakh people have signed in on Change.org.

"With the implementation of the GST, 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," Dev said while submitting the petition to Gandhi. 

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