There is a big news for all the working women out there. A reason to celebrate for all those Indians who are vouching for the progress of the nation socially and for a change in mindset. Our country may take a long time to pass bills, but in the recent past we have been more excited than disappointed over the content of these bills. There has been an extension in the period of paid maternity leave for working women.
In this article are some features of this act, pros & cons and some personal views on the passing of the bill on maternity leave a for working women.
Features of the Act:
Paid leave period extended from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.
The woman who wants to avail this benefit must complete atleast 80 days in the establishment 12 months prior to the expected date.
The maternity benefit is awarded at the rate of the average daily wage for the period of a worker’s actual absence from work. Apart from 12 weeks of salary, a female worker is entitled to a medical bonus of 3,500 Indian rupees.
Under the National Food Security Act 2013, pregnant women and lactating mothers are entitled to receive maternity benefit of at least Rs. 6,000. The Act further requires that subject to such schemes as may be framed by the Central Government, every pregnant woman and lactating mother will be entitled to free meals during pregnancy and six months after the child birth, through the local anganwadi, so as to meet their nutritional needs.
Pros & Cons of this move
The negative has been intentionally kept in normal font. Never let the negatives make the positives vanish. The weightage of the positives is way more than that of the single negative.
You may either be a supporter of the BJP or Mr.Modi, or maybe you oppose them. But you have to agree that when something good is done, you must appreciate it.
Comment below to let me know your views.