Coming out as a major relief for all the women, sanitary napkins have now been exempted from the GST. The following development was later confirmed by Delhi Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia after the 28th GST Council Meet that was being held in the national capital. Earlier, the government’s decision of taxing sanitary napkins was criticised by one and all as still a larger section of woman have problems when it comes to accessing the sanitary pads to maintain hygiene. Previously, the sanitary pads were kept under the 12 per cent Goods and Services Tax  (GST) slab.

Apart from Sanitary napkins  GST on stone, marble, rakhi, wooden deities, sal leaves have also been removed while GST on footwear up to Rs 1000 reduced by 5%, 

Lithium-ion batteries, vacuum cleaners, food grinders, mixers, storage water heaters, head dryers, hand dryers, paint, varnishes, water cooler, milk cooler, ice cream coolers, perfumes, toilet sprays and toilet preparation brought to 18% from 28% slab. 

GST on handbags, handbags, jewellery box, wooden box for paintings, artware of glass, stone endeavour, ornamental framed mirrors, handmade lamps was also reduced to 12%.

Goods and Services Tax on imported urea has also been reduced to 5%, while GST on the washing machine was reduced from 28% to 18%. 

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 Talking to reporters about the GST Council Meet in the afternoon, Sisodia said that the quarterly returns for traders with a turnover of up to Rs 5 crore have been given a nod by the GST Council.

Earlier the matter was highlighted after a plea seeking exemption of sanitary pads from GST had surfaced. As per reports, in January a group of students had written notes to PM Modi on sanitary pads and had sought an exemption from GST.

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Slamming the centre for putting sanitary pads under tax regime, DCW chief Swati Maliwal said that the Centre had displayed its arrogant side after it failed to exempt sanitary pads from GST for over a year.

Welcoming the exemption from GST, Maliwal said that when Sindoor and bindis can be exempted why not the pads.

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