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Government to pay 50% salary of 14 weeks to women on maternity leave

Any women with a monthly salary of above Rs 15,000 will be eligible for the benefit

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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Taking note of several reports which indicated a decrease in the recruitment of women workers owing to an increase in maternity leaves, the government has decided to pay 50 per cent of the salary of 14 weeks to women on

Earlier, under the Act, women were given paid leave for 12 weeks which was extended to 26 weeks after an amendment in March, 2017. Taking off some monetary burden from the employers, the government decided to dutch in by paying 50 per cent salary to women on for the extended 14 weeks.

According to sources, an official level meeting was held on Wednesday with the where it was proposed that the unutilized amount of cess will be used to reimburse the

As per 28th report of the Standing Committee on Labour on "Cess funds and their utilization for workers' welfare", Rs 326.32 billion has been collected as cess out of which Rs 75.16 billion has been utilized as on March 31, 2017.

"The pending amount has been decided to be utilized for the scheme. The disbursement of the amount will be done by the state authority under the direction of the Labour Ministry," a WCD official said.

Any women with a monthly salary of above Rs 15,000 will be eligible for the benefit.

As per sources, the initiative was taken by the WCD Minister after her Ministry received several reports that noted a decrease in the percentage of labour participation among women in offices, especially corporate sectors, owing to the extension of maternity leaves.

"We came across many cases where either the women was asked to leave the office owing to maternity or faced troubles in resuming office after leave. Adhering to all these issues, our (WCD) Minister had approached the who agreed to the concern and suggested to use the unutilized cess fund," the official said.

As per WCD, a notification on official level will be soon released, to be adhered by both public and private companies.

First Published: Thu, November 15 2018. 20:18 IST
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