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Priya Motiani

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Soon Women Will Be Entitled To 6 Months Of Maternity Leave

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  •  July 2, 2016


On 1st July, the Labor Minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, gave all expecting mothers some great news!

Now, I do realize that the sentence I just constructed is a goldmine for a pun, but there is no pun (whatsoever) intended. Trust me.

Anyhoo! So, the Labor Minister announced that in the upcoming Monsoon Session, a new bill (the new Maternity Benefit Bill) will be passed which will mandate the provision of 26-week (6 months) maternity leave to all women employees.

That’s olds news, the government employees might say. But, the ‘Yayyy’ thing about this move is that it encompasses all establishments in the private sector as well.

Let’s process that info. Women in private sectors who were earlier permitted a maximum of only 3 months of maternity leave now get a whopping 6-month relaxation. Isn’t that awesome?

“There are certain establishments where they can get (the permission to work from home). But in other establishments they will get the facility of (26 weeks maternity leave) after amendment in the Act,” the minister said in response to a query about the steps being taken to promote the work-from-home concept to increase women participation in the workforce.

However, the proposed bill is not free from gender bias. It is a Maternity leave, and not Paternity leave, remember?

“The Bill is about mothers and children. It is not about the men.”

Accordant with this Maternity Bill is The Model Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2016. How, you ask?

Because, the fact that malls, shops, and cinema halls will be open 24×7 all through the year will lead to the creation of night-shifts, and hence increased employment opportunities. With this, especially the women will be in a better position to balance work and home.

“This is a pro-women law. Besides, it will help in employment generation. This will help increase women participation in the workforce. The law also allows women to work in night (shifts).There is provision for all facilities for women like drinking water, lavatory, crèche, first aid and security,” the minister added.

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