As PM Modi removes taxes, sanitary pads now available for ₹1 at 6000 Janaushdhi centers in India

On August 15, India celebrated its 74th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag at Delhi’s Red Fort. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a limited number of people were present at the iconic monument.

In his speech, PM Modi talked about various things. Right from COVID-19 to the ‘COVID Warriors’ to the soldiers protecting our borders, these were some of the highlights of his address.

He also spoke about women empowerment in his speech. One of his remarks is widely being praised when he talked about sanitary pads in his speech. He is possibly the first PM who talked about it on a public platform, and that too on such an auspicious day of the country.

Addressing the nation, Modi said, “The government has always been concerned about the health of our daughters and sisters. Through 6000 Janaushdhi centers, about 5 crore women have got sanitary pads at Re 1.”

In addition to this, he also mentioned the work that is done by them towards eradicating malnutrition among women. Many women have joined the Navy and the Air Force as a pilot, making India proud. Triple Talaq for Muslim women has come to an end, he said. 

GST (Goods and Services Tax) has already reduced tax rates on several items, like footwear, fridge, washing machine and TVs. On popular demand, Sanitary pads will have 0% (Zero percent) GST on them. Sanitary pad is the item that is used in day to day life by women.

The government reduced the tax rate on Sanitary pads to make them available for poor women. Following which, the government is delivering sanitary pads to poor women across the country for only Rs 1. PM Modi has once again won millions of hearts with his remark. Netizens took to social media to praise Modi for breaking a taboo towards something as normal as menstruation. Here are some of the reactions.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.