Sanitary Napkins Exempted from GST Sanitary napkins were earlier taxed at 12 per cent under luxury goods

SANITARY NAPKINS are now exempt from Goods and Services Tax (GST), Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia confirmed after the meeting of the Council ended. The decision was made at the 28th meeting of the GST Council chaired by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal.

The meeting was called to discuss some key issues such as the revision of taxes on 32 items, simplifying GST returns and the setting up of a National Appellate Tribunal in Delhi.

Previously, sanitary napkins were taxed at 12%. The decision to tax was severely criticised by NGO’s, women’s rights groups, lawmakers and citizens alike. A 2015-2016 National Family Health Survey (NFHS) had found that almost 62% of women between the ages of 15 and 24 use cloth during their periods.

Activists had pointed out that sanitary napkins are not luxury products as the government had categorised it but a basic hygiene product.

The issue of taxation on sanitary napkins was also in the courts with petitions filed in the Delhi and Bombay High Courts. The matter was later transferred to the Supreme Court.

During the hearing, the Delhi High Court had questioned the Centre as well as the Delhi government for exempting products like sindoor, kajal, and bindis but not sanitary napkins.

The campaign #LahooKaLagaan trended on Twitter with many celebrities joining the fight.

#LahooKaLagaan: WHAT THEY SAID

Sushmita Dev welcomes the decision

Swati Maliwal on the importance of menstrual hygiene

Trisha Shetty’s ‘She Says’ had filed a petition against the taxation of sanitary napkins




Original features, micro docus and explainers


Get stories that count, stories that matter everyday in your mailbox