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But if the prices go up, we will be left to go in for alternative means to maintain hygiene," she said without elaborating.
A DMSC official said that the subsidised napkins were sold by Usha Multipurpose Cooperative Society, commonly known as Usha Bank formed in 1995.
From behind the closed door, heated conversations can be heard.“I wanted Rs 50,000 for an emergency at home.
But they could give only Rs 4,000, that too once a week. ,” said Sonali Singh, her painted lips twitching in anger as she spoke.
Read | Before demonetisation, the bank sold an estimated 100 cartons (400,000 pieces) of condoms monthly at a subsidised rate of 80 paise a piece to sex workers.
Kolkata: The 12 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on sanitary napkins imposed under the new tax regime has put sex workers of Sonagachi, Asia's largest red light area, in a spot, threatening to put the clock back when they were averse to using the pads.
Meanwhile, the sex workers and officials of the DMSC have welcomed the zero percent tax on condoms and felt this would help in a big way to bring down the prevalence of AIDS."We have been able to bring down the AIDS prevalence to a large extent and we want to bring it to zero percent by 2025.
Kolkata (West Bengal), Aug 07 (ANI): Kolkata sex workers celebrated the auspicious festival of ‘raksha bandhan’ along with their neighbours and local political leaders on Monday.
The bank engages in social marketing of condoms to promote safe sex and prevent HIV/AIDS in red light areas.Although prostitution is illegal in India, it is a thriving underground industry.Voluntary groups estimate that there are about two million women sex workers in the country. The women in this particular trade give change in return to any customer who comes to them but, there are a few customers who know that they will not accept the higher currency notes so they carry the lower denominations.Every month more than 60-70 thousand packets of sanitary napkins were being sold from the counters of Usha bank and Durbar to sex workers only in Kolkata."We placed bulk orders with a company, which supplied the sanitary pads at a rate much lower than the market.But now most of these companies have refused to provide them at subsidised rates on the ground that raw materials have been charged at 12-18 per cent GST," another official of Durbar said.