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#LahuKaLagaan: Netizens start campaign on Twitter for making sanitary napkins tax-free; celebrities join in
In a campaign spearheaded by an NGO called She Says, netizens are tweeting to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley using the hashtag #LahuKaLagaan asking him to exempt sanitary napkins from taxation.

The basic idea behind the campaign is to get women's sanitary products exempted from the Goods and Services Tax (GST), given the fact that these products are not a luxury item but a necessity for every woman.

According to the NGO She Says, almost 80 per cent women in India can't afford sanitary napkins, while 19 per cent have no knowledge about them and 2 per cent don't have access to them.

Soon Bollywood too joined the campaign and started tweeting to Mr Jaitley. Aditi Rao Hydari was one of the first celebrities from Bollywood to have tweeted to the Finance Minister.



While the Delhi government had reduced the tax on sanitary pads in March from 12.5 per cent to 5 per cent, the tax on these napkins is a steep 14 per cent in other states under the GST system.

This campaign comes close at the heels of Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi writing to Arun Jaitley, asking him to provide 100 per cent exemption on eco-friendly and bio-degradable sanitary napkins under GST, as per PTI reports.

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