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#LahuKaLagaan: Bombay HC Notifies Centre on GST for Sanitary Pads

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

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Under the GST regime that rolled out on 1 July, sanitary napkins are in the 12 percent tax category.
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The Bombay High Court on Thursday issued a 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 Mumbai-based NGO Shetty Women Welfare Foundation had approached the court on 29 June 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 percent 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 1 July, sanitary napkins are in the 12 percent tax category.

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