Good news for women in Gujarat!
All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev announced in Vadodara that the Congress will provide sanitary napkins to girl students in Gujarat free of cost by abolishing goods and services tax if voted to power. Dev also attacked Narendra Modi government for imposing ’12 per cent’ GST on sanitary napkins, which she said ‘runs contrary’ to the government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign for girls. While addressing reporters she was quoted saying, “Imposition of 12 per cent GST on sanitary napkins is a big shocker for poor girls and women. The Modi government did not slash the tax (on sanitary napkins) despite demands raised by various NGOs and women’s group though it reduced the tax on other items.”
If voted to power, Congress will provide sanitary napkins to girl students of schools and colleges in the state free of cost, she said. She said something really valid. Dev said not reducing the GST on sanitary napkins is ‘contradictory’ to the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign of the central government.
She said the imposition of 12 per cent GST on sanitary pads is a ‘regressive move in the menstrual health discourse’, which will take a toll on health of poor girls and women who lack the access to sanitary napkins. “I am afraid that higher price (of sanitary pads) on account of GST might push girls back to adopting unhygienic menstrual practices,” the Congress leader said.
Dev attack on Gujarat CM
Dev also attacked Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani for ‘not filling up’ posts of women in the state police department. Former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel had in 2014 announced 33 per cent quota for women in Gujarat police force.
Dev also claimed that the Gujarat Police have been refusing to register complaints of rape sought to be lodged by victim women.
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