Prime News, National, Coimbatore, July 22:- A new form of protest was witnessed in Coimbatore, when members of the Revolutionary Youth Front attempted to parcel sanitary napkins to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as a sign of agitation against the levying of 12 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on it.
The protesters claimed that the earlier tax was only five percent, but now 12 percent has been imposed.
One of the protesters said that it was a conspiracy reflecting Hindutva. “It looks like a well-plotted conspiracy reflecting Hindutva. This is a very high price and violates women’s rights,” one of the protesters Kanmani said.
On July 18, the Delhi High Court had sought reply from the Finance Ministry by November 15 on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed on the imposition of 12 percent GST on sanitary napkins.
The PIL also sought to exempt goods like kajal, kumkum, bindis, sindur, alta, plastic, glass bangles, hearing aids, passenger baggage, puja samagri of all kinds and all types of contraceptives, including condoms; from the purview of taxation.
Earlier on Monday, the Delhi High Court issued notice to the Government of India, Delhi Government, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCDs) on the PIL filed to ensure availability of sanitary pads for free or at subsidized rates.
The court also directed to conduct workshops on menstrual hygiene for school girls. The next date of the hearing is on November 7.
Meanwhile earlier, sanitary napkins attracted a GST of 12 percent, a shade lower than 13.7 per cent in the previous indirect tax regime.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)