Chaired by Interim finance minister Piyush Goyal, the GST Council meet on Saturday decided to keep the sanitary napkins out of GST ambit.
It has been a longstanding demand of the women across the country as well as the many eminent people of the civil society.
The decision implies that there won’t be any tax levied on the sanitary napkins anymore.
The urgent item was earlier categorized under 12 per cent GST slab.
The GST council has also decided to put many items out of 28 per cent tax.
In an official statement, the ministry said that sanitary napkins attracted a concessional excise duty of 6% and 5% VAT pre-GST and the estimated total tax incidence on sanitary napkins was 13.68%.
Therefore, 12% GST rate had been provided for the sanitary napkin.
However, on another crucial issue, the Delhi’s Finance Minister Manish Sisodia clarified that no decision over sugar cess has been taken yet.>