John Brittas, a CPI(M) MP, said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday that the Centre must ensure schoolgirls receive free sanitary products because it directly impacts the school dropout rate.
There is a direct link between school dropout rates and ‘period poverty,'” Brittas informed the House. This highlights a more pressing issue – the pink tax and how women are paying a higher price simply for existing as women. It is well known that goods for females cost more than their male counterparts, from girls’ toys to women’s personal care products.”
Considering that the 12% GST on sanitary products was removed only after protests, Brittas emphasized that consumers’ benefit was minimal.
According to him, the exclusion of output GST resulted in manufacturers being unable to claim Input Tax Credits, which means they would be taxed while buying raw materials and must recoup their taxes when they sell their products.