Govt consulting India’s ‘Pad Man’ for solutions

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Discussions have been initiated with ‘Pad Man’, the Indian entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganathan, with regard to a project to manufacture sanitary pads in Sri Lanka as the prices of sanitary items in the country are skyrocketing, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday (20) in Parliament.

Responding to questions raised by several MPs including Premanath Dolawatta, Rohini Kumari Wijeratne and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, the minister said he is aware that sanitary pad prices have become a burning problem for Sri Lankan women.

Dolawatte said, it is alarming to see increasing number of female students skipping school as they cannot afford to buy sanitary pads.

Wijeratne pointed out that sanitary pads are subject to 42 per cent in taxes and that prices are being increased as a result.

The Opposition Leader recalled a promise on his Presidential Election manifesto in 2019 about providing sanitary pads for free.

“I was ridiculed and was called by names back then. But it has become a serious issue now. The Government should reduce the taxes on sanitary pads,” he said.

BY Methmalie Dissanayake