The Finance Minister, Piyush Goyal, has announced a big relief for a million of consumers. Goods and Service Tax which was 12% on sanitary pads has been reduced to zero. The announcement which came today has reduced tax rates on footwear, small televisions, water heaters, electric irons, refrigerators, lithium-ion batteries, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, food appliances and ethanol.
Sanitary napkins to be exempted from Goods & Services Tax (GST): Finance Minister Piyush Goyal pic.twitter.com/m7YoJnCGKY — ANI (@ANI) July 21, 2018
Here’s how twitter reacted to the decision:
Finally! Govt is able to understand that #Sanitary napkins are not a luxury item, but a necessity. It took 1 year to understand this. But guess, better late than never. I welcome the move!?#GSTCouncilMeet — Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) July 21, 2018
Thankful to GST Council and Minister @PiyushGoyal for exempting Sanitary Napkins from GST; a welcome step towards encouraging menstrual hygiene among young girls and women. #GoodandSimpleGST pic.twitter.com/1jFsyTdsC4 — Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) July 21, 2018
The #GST council has abolished tax on sanitary napkins! Thank you to the FM and the gst council. Thank you to the women who fought this battle for over a year! — Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) July 21, 2018