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President ratifies bill to abolish tax on menstrual hygiene products

05 December 2018, MVT 09:22
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's first cabinet meeting. PHOTO: PRESIDENTS OFFICE
05 December 2018, MVT 09:22

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Monday, ratified the amendment to the Goods and Services Bill in order to abolish the 6 percent tax on menstrual hygiene products.

The amendment proposed on Monday by Kurendhoo MP Abdul Baaree Rasheed received 68 unanimous votes in favour of categorizing pads, tampons and other sanitary products as necessities.

Cancelling duties on all menstrual hygiene products was one of President Solih’s pre-election pledges. It was also one of the pledges set to be completed by the new administration in the first 100 days of its leadership.

There has been increasing political awareness regarding period poverty among locals, owing greatly to a popular Twitter movement launched in 2016 under the hashtag #MassaruTax.

Maldives has now joined several nations which recently abandoned the ‘tampon tax’. India abolished their 12 percent tax on sanitary products in July while Colombia scrapped their 5 percent tax earlier this month. Australia approved the decision to slash taxes in October.

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