Lok Sabha passed the Maternity Bill yesterday. This is a major leap for the nation where the women workforce is increasing by manifolds. With this amendment, India trailblazers, Canada and Norway with 50 and 44 weeks respectively!
The landmark initiative by Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India offers the best gift to working women in India. The labour force participation rate (LFPR) in India is around 40%, but for females, it is only 22.5%. The gap in male-female LFPR is such that the LFPR for rural women above 15 years is only 35.8%, while for rural males it is more than double at 81.3%, according to a 2015 research paper by the government policy think tank NITI Aayog. Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi called it a “momentous step” and thanked her colleagues for supporting the Bill. She further said that, “I am very, very happy that we have made history today. This will help thousands of women and lead to much healthier children.”
This bill essentially includes these following points:
- The number of weeks for the Maternity Leave gets increased from 12 to 26 weeks for the first two children post which it would be 12 weeks.
- Every organisation with 50 or more employees or 30 women, will need to have a Creche
- Women are offered 4 visits to Creche daily during working hours.
- Maternity leave of 12 weeks to be available to mothers adopting a child below the age of three months as well as to the “commissioning mothers”. The commissioning mother has been defined as biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo plant.
- The employer may permit a woman to work from home if it is possible to do so.
- Every establishment will be required to make these benefits available to the women from the time of her appointment.
Read the complete amendment in here
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