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Working mothers: More time for child care





( The News Network)

Telangana government is now granting three-month child care leave to women employees. The issued orders (GO) issued in third week of November comes into immediate effect. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi government was citing on recommendation of 10th Pay Revision


According to the GO, women employees of the state government with minor children will be granted three months leave, not exceeding 15 days in a spell. The employees can avail the leave to look after two children, eldest up to 18 years of age and 22 years in case of disabled. The leave can be used by parents when their presence is required at the time of children’s examinations or sickness.

The GO said CCL account for child care should be maintained in the prescribed proforma along with the service book of employee and should not be clubbed with regular leave account. However, the government said child care leave cannot be construed as a matter of right and it requires the prior sanction of the competent authority.

Tamil Nadu enhances maternity leave

Meanwhile the Tamil Nadu state government issued an order to enh


hancing maternity leave period for women government employees from six to nine months. Two months after Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa announced a Government Order (GO) of the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department in 2nd week of November was issued. The department has recalled that Jayalalithaa had made an announcement in the Tamil Nadu Assembly in September, promising to increase the leave period from the existing six months or 180 days to nine months, i.e. 270 days.

“The women government servants who proceeded on maternity leave, prior to the date of issue of this order and continue to be on this leave as of now, are also eligible for availing maternity leave up to nine months (270 days) in total,” it said. Necessary amendments to the Fundamental Rules will be issued separately, it added. Woman employees “with less than two surviving children”, were eligible for the 9-month maternity leave with full pay, it added. The period may be ” spread over from the pre-confinement rest to post-confinement recuperation, at the option of the woman government servant,” it said.

On September 1, Jayalalithaa had said that maternity leave for women government employees will be increased from six to nine months, fulfilling her party’s electoral promise. She had earlier enhanced it from three to six months after assuming office in 2011.





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