West Bengal government hikes child care leave for working mothers
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently declared that women teachers of government-aided schools and colleges and women staffers in state government undertakings will now get two years of child care leave. The child has to be less than 18 years of age and the leave can be taken in phases.
“In 2012, the Trinamool government had announced the child-care leave facility for state government employees and now the employees of the undertakings and aided schools and colleges will also get the advantage. It will help more than 1 lakh women employees,” Banerjee said.
Women in Jadavpur welcomed this initiative. Speaking in this regard, Anindita Ghosh, a professor in Jadavpur University, Said, “This comes as a blessing for all working mothers. We can attend our child’s needs in proper manner. Giving birth to the child is not just the thing. We needed leaves to take care of their examinations, growing up and sickness.”
Women are allowed to avail themselves of CCL to take care of up to two minor children. They can take this leave whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination and sickness.The state finance department had announced that during the CCL, women employees shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave. The CCL would not be granted for more than thrice in a year and not for less than 15 days at a stretch.
In 2008, the Central government had introduced CCL for its women employees for a maximum period of two years, based on the on recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.
Input from http://www.iamin.in/en/
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