Taxes on sanitary napkins to be reduced

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The Government will reduce taxes imposed on imported sanitary napkins, State Minister for Women and Child Affairs, Geetha Kumarasinghe assured.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday (21), Kumarasinghe said many females, including schoolgirls, have been greatly inconvenienced by the soaring prices of sanitary napkins.

“Two days after I took over duties at this Ministry, I met the President and handed over a letter in this connection. I am tabling it forthwith. Taxes on sanitary napkins will be reduced to bring down prices.”

She thanked the President for looking into the matter.

“I have also come to know that sanitary napkins are produced locally. We need to encourage and promote local manufacturers as well. Sanitary napkins should be sold at old prices. A local manufacturer has agreed to provide a packet of sanitary napkins to schoolchildren for Rs 150,” she added.

By Nabiya Vaffoor