New Delhi: Member of Parliament Sushmita Devs petition to remove tax on sanitary napkins has crossed two lakh signatures on Change.org. The MP petitioned to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister for Health & Family Welfare JP Nadda and Union Minister For Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi to make sanitary napkins tax free as they are not luxury products. She had earlier in February written to Jaitley and started the petition on March 8, International Womens Day. The signature received more than two lakh signatures in two weeks.
The petition also calls for completely tax-free biodegradable and reusable napkins and minimally taxed non-biodegradable sanitary napkins, due to the environmental harm that they cause.
Her petition has received support not just from the people but also from various parliamentarians, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and BJP MP Varun Gandhi. Other leaders too have extended support to the petition, urging to remove tax on sanitary napkins.