Mumbai, June 27: As GST is set to roll out, while many people with their expectations are waiting to avail their benefits which GST will offer them. But unfortunately GST won’t help reduce the tax levied on sanitary pads, Maharashtra Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde said that sanitary pads will be provided to school going girls at Rs 5 per pack by local Self Help Groups (SHGs).
Munde added that the work to provide napkins will be given to village level women self-help groups.
Women and child development department has introduced 'Asmita'- a scheme for school going girls in which they will be provided sanitary napkins inside their school premises. "Asmita means pride and we want girls to take care of themselves during their periods," said Munde.
She added that it was not possible for girls residing in villages to afford sanitary napkins.
Munde said that not using sanitary napkins creates hygiene related issues."Price of sanitary napkins available in market is more than Rs 40 and it was challenge before us on making it affordable. Our experience of using locally made sanitary napkins failed due to quality issues and hence we decided to subsidize them," Munde said.
"Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) will procure it from manufacturer which will be enlisted by the state government and we will provide subsidy to the SHGs.
"The department has identified such SHGs that are working at village level, have sound financial position and can afford to procure and provide sanitary napkins to girls studying in standard 8 to 10," she said "We will ensure that the price does not go beyond Rs 4 to Rs 5," Munde added.