Being pregnant no longer a crime in the business world
on Sunday April 9th, 2017, By Sumeet Patel

​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.

Good news for all the working women and their families

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act 2016, passed by the Rajya Sabha in August 2016, has also been passed by the Lok Sabha in March 2017.

Features of the Act:

Paid leave period extended from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.

Other features:

  • However, a woman with already two or more children is entitled to 12 weeks’ maternity leave.
  • The Act also provides for adoption leave of 12 weeks for a woman who adopts a child under the age of three months. A commissioning mother is also entitled to a 12-week leave from the date the child is handed over to her. A commissioning mother is defined as “biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo implanted in any other woman” (the woman who gives birth to the child is called host or surrogate mother).
  • The Act further requires an employer to inform a woman worker of her rights under the Act at the time of her appointment. The information must be given in writing and in electronic form (email).


The woman who wants to avail this benefit must complete atleast 80 days in the establishment 12 months prior to the expected date.

Working women will receive a longer Maternity leave

Working women will now receive a pay for 26 weeks during pregnancy


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.

Other benefits

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

  1. It assures a better support from the family of the woman’s in-laws for working after marriage.
  2. Assures pay for families with both working parents.
  3. Better environment for the child to grow in.
  • Probability of not hiring a newly married woman by the employer becomes higher.

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.

PM Narendra Modi and the BJP have done a lot in their short reign at the helm of affairs.

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.

Sumeet Patel

Co-founder, Writer and Editor at Ten. I like writing on Life and Entrepreneurship. New concepts and innovations inspire me

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