Six Months Maternity Leave Proposed for Working Women in India

by Medindia Content Team on  October 14, 2007 at 12:47 PM Indian Health News
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Six Months Maternity Leave Proposed for Working Women in India
Poverty might be the biggest contributor to malnutrition in India. But policy-makers seem to believe that the inability of many working women to spend enough time with their newborn babes.

So the federal government is moving in to amend the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961, to enable working women to get maternity leave for six months with full pay. As of now they are entitled only for three months' leave.

The Act extends to the whole of India and is applicable to: • Every factory, mine or plantation (including those belonging to Government) and • An establishment engaged in the exhibition of equestrian, acrobatic and other performances, irrespective of the number of employees, and • To every shop or establishment wherein 10 or more persons are employed or were employed on any day of the preceding 12 months. Malnourishment in newborns is as high as 47 per cent and the infant mortality rate in the country is 59 deaths for every 1,000 births.

A Planning Commission document saw lack of enough breastfeeding in the first six months as the cause for the high rate of infant deaths.

Planning Commission member Sayeeda Hamid told a leading English daily that studies had shown that breastfeeding was necessary for a child's health in the first six months. "By increasing the maternity leave, this challenge can be dealt with to some extent," she said.

In a slew of measures to improve the dismal child nourishment record, Hamid said, the government planned to bring in a scheme to pay poor mothers for pre- and post-natal care over the next five years.

The money would be given to improve micronutrient content for the mother and child, she said.

The commission has also proposed that the allocation for child nutrition be doubled and the Integrated Child Development Scheme be universalised.

The annual budget of the child scheme is around Rs 3,500 crore.

It covers about 5.6 crore children less than six years of age, which is one-third of the total children in this age group.

Source: Medindia
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nsudha77

First baby was born on 22-12-2006 and died next day i.e, 23-12-2006. But i have not taken any birth and death certificate then itself. now, what to do for availing of third baby maternity leave.

maternity-123

now i am in 6th month carrying, how many months the maternity leave available from company, its a private and 14 members are working except me plz suggest me

karthik2010

i wanted to know about the time of taking the maternity leave. can a mother take the 6month contineous leave after giving birth the baby and is she eligeble to get the full salary?

deepakscorpio

i wanted to know about the time of taking the maternity leave. can a mother take the 6month contineous leave after giving birth the baby and is she eligeble to get the full salary?

Gpreety

Pls take up this matter to increase maternity leave from 3 months to 6 months I really want Indian government to approve this proposal of six months maternity leaves. Because in the whole world no one can care a child as good as a mother and specially a newly born. A newly born baby is totally depend on his mother for feeding and other things. Also, there should not be any discrimination in government and private sector as maternity issue is same at all.

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