It is not for the first time that sanitary napkins for girls in school were promised in Punjab budget. The first such budgetary allocation was made in 2016-17 when then finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa under SAD-BJP government announced ‘Swastha Kanya Yojna’.
To a question on whether the Congress party will bring these items within the ambit of GST and whether the states are ready to forgo taxes , Manpreet Singh Badal said these are things which have to be worked out by all the states sitting together.
Addressing Jaitley, Punjab Rural Development, Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwasaid that it is no secret that the state is in a financial mess. Thus, the central government must help.
Sources told The Indian Express on Thursday that Finance Department had again declined to give its nod to the proposal while emphasising that the Home Department did not categorically respond to its observations and objections.