After nearly a year of protests and nationwide outcry, sanitary napkins were finally exempted from Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Saturday.
“Sanitary napkins will be exempted from Goods & Services Tax," Finance Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters following the GST council meet in New Delhi on Saturday.
Twitterati reacted to the decision and praised the government and gave it and applauding welcome ‘hug’.
Here is how the Netizens reacted to the exemption of sanitary napkins from GST:
0% tax...WoW 😮— Apurva Singh (@iSinghApurva) July 21, 2018
Quite a discernible step taken by government towards women empowerment.
Sanitary pads being exempted from GST.
Now, every woman in india will have her right to hygeine.
Thank you to Honourable @narendramodi Ji and also thank you @PiyushGoyal Ji #NO_GST_ON_PADS pic.twitter.com/b3ubsu1noJ
Finally sanitary napkins exempted from GST! Great step forward for promoting menstrual hygiene— sunitha krishnan (@sunita_krishnan) July 21, 2018
Finally! Govt is able to understand that #Sanitary napkins are not a luxury item, but a necessity.
It took 1 year to understand this. But guess, better late than never.
I welcome the move!👍#GSTCouncilMeet— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) July 21, 2018
One of those days when a news brings tears of joy as a cause close to ur heart gets fulfilled.Thank you, #GSTCouncil,for understanding the need for menstrual hygiene & exempting sanitary pads from tax. I'm sure crores of women in our country are silently sending gratitude ur way— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 21, 2018
Major step in ensuring good health and hygiene for women!— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) July 21, 2018
Thank you Union Minister @PiyushGoyal ji for reducing GST on sanitary napkins to 0% (100% exemption) in today’s #GSTCouncilMeet !
GoM had been constantly follow up with GoI for this demand !
Committed to women empowerment: In the 28th #GSTCouncilMeet it has been decided to EXEMPT #SanitaryNapkins from GST. This will increase access of women, especially rural women, to affordable sanitary pads, & go a long way in improving health & hygiene of women. #GoodandSimpleGST pic.twitter.com/A0Gb5ulHnh— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 21, 2018
Thank you Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi ji for standing by your promise to abolish GST on sanitary napkins.— Poonam Mahajan (@poonam_mahajan) July 21, 2018
Sanitary Napkins & Rakhi to now be exempt from #GST
I welcome this positive move and thank the PM Modi led Govt for granting the demands of Indians, especially us Women for whom Sanitary Napkins are essential to maintain Health & Hygiene.#Sanitarynapkins #Rakhi#GSTCouncilMeet— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) July 21, 2018
Sanitary Napkins exempted from GST. Congratulations to all those who fought for this.— Vasu (@vasudevan_k) July 21, 2018
Now this is good news... worth the wait & the efforts .... Sanitary Napkins have been exempted from GST ... no more 12% Tax on them !!! ...— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) July 21, 2018
Cheaper hygeine for the women of the country !! 🇮🇳👍🏻🇮🇳
GST relief to sanitary napkins a welcome step. Essential items of life should never be taxed. Women menstrual hygiene is a big issue amongst tribals & poor !! #sanitarypads— Vivek Tankha (@VTankha) July 22, 2018
After a year-long campaign GST on sanitary napkins has finally been abolished! Feminine hygiene is now tax free in India! Lives will be saved— Dr.ANAND RAI (@anandrai177) July 21, 2018