Tax on Sanitary Pads !!

Tax on Sanitary Pads !!, Papyrofix
India is a country wherein menstruation is barely expatiated in an open door vicinity. Moreover, herein the internet gave an opportunity to people to voice their opinion for an amelioration in the policy.

A girl begins to menstruate between the age of 8-15 years.In this particular matter a girl cannot make a choice.This natural bio logical process is  a matter of celebration for the entire world in the name of a symbol of fertility and a that of the fact that human race would be continued.

During this particular phase, a women needs to maintain a level of hygiene so that she can go about her daily tasks without any sort of inconvenience.

However, since sanitary pads are taxed in India(between 12-14 percent, varies according to the State), a woman has to pay a price for something over which she doesn't even have a control, something that isn't even chosen by her own will.

The question against this sexist policy of the government is that, when medicines, condoms, water aren't taxed keeping in mind that they do not fall under the category of choices , then why sanitary napkins?

The irony lies in the fact that even after loads of appealing and campaigning (#LahukaLagaan) on social media, we have both nothing in our court but percent.
Objects such as bindi , sindoor , bangles and betel leaves have been put under the no tax outpost.

Makes you go off the wall , right?

But before going berserk, let’s get the facts right!

Your initial thought to this would be as if it's it comes from  an Indian traditional woman's vanity .

But, hold on!

This isn't related to that but the fact that their manufacturing industries have an yearly turn over of less than 20 lakhs which eventually are exempted from GST. In order to save the small scale industries from getting burdened with tax , such a step is taken.

Does it make sense?

It does, right?

The answer to the fact that condoms and salt has been exempted from tax is that  ‘they are essentials'.

Thus,the reason that tax is imposed on nothing else but the sanitary napkin is the government lacking in thinking of sanitary napkin as a necessity and a health concern.

Notwithstanding government’s decision to tax sanitary pads , it shouldn’t be taken into heed that even the government has put it’s foot forward in making sanitary napkins available and affordable enough in rural areas or the countryside.

To begin with,a 150 crore scheme was initiated by the health and the Family Welfare ministry so as to make sanitary pads easily accessible to young girls in rural places.

Thus, cost isn’t the issue.The main drawback here in is the lack of vigilance.

Leave the government, the situation is such that even the women in India are of the opinion that sanitary pads are luxurious items.

85 percent above of the menstruating women India, fall short of having an access to the usage of sanitary pads .For the rest of them , who still do have an access , sanitary pads are thought to be luxurious because it has tax imposed on it.Be it the bodily discomfort she goes through or the social stigma attached to this process, it has become very difficult for a woman to come up on such issues.Bleeding isn't luxurious, is it?

The notion that sanitary pads are an urban requirement should be banned so that none of the women in this country has  to be acquainted with a  'jugaad' during that monthly phase of hers.

It is something which , apart from being unhygienic and unhealthy , is malignant.
Not to lose hope after the GST call , we all definitely should forge ahead the drive.

Going along with the accomplishment tales across the globe, Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada and many states of the  United States of America have come up putting a halt to such a taxation.

Since, Kenya was the one to take a lead in this , we can’t actually make an excuse on the very take of development.

Therefore, a spread of vigilance is what is required in this particular matter about women who go through immense discomfort plus that they are being charged for something that isn’t even their fault.

For Papyrofix;
BY: Amisha Nanda

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