Maternity leave period increased, child care leave provisions made in Bihar

Patna: In a major policy decision affecting the well-being of its women employees, Bihar government today increased the duration of maternity leave to 180 days from 135 days, and also made provisions for 730 days of child care leave.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi
Principal Secretary of Cabinet Department B Pradhan said the decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

“It was realised that there was no provision for child care leave for women government employees in the Bihar Service Rules. The government has decided not only to increase the maternity leave to 180 days, but also to provide 730 days leave to tend to the children during their illnesses, examinations or to raise them up,” Pradhan said.

The maternity and child care leave would be given to women government servants for two children only during their entire service period.

Central government employees already enjoy the benefit of 180 days, a maximum period of maternity leave.

The central government employees also enjoy the benefit of childcare leave for a maximum period of two years during their entire service, subject to clearance by a competent authority. Women are allowed to avail of childcare leave to take care of up to two minor children, whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc.

Childcare leave can be availed of in spells, though as per a 2010 order, such spells may not exceed 3 in a given year.

The Supreme Court had held on April 15, in the case Kakali Ghosh vs Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar that a central government employee could avail of uninterrupted childcare leave for the stipulated two years, or 730 days.

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