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Paid maternity leave: FinMin raises questions over labour ministry's move

After complaints that the new law may impact employment of women, the govt has framed a scheme to provide monetary incentive to companies

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Somesh Jha New Delhi
The finance ministry has raised questions over the labour ministry’s move to seek Rs 4 billion annually towards providing subsidies to companies for passing on maternity benefits to workers.

“The finance ministry has asked the labour ministry about the need to frame such a scheme. The move to increase the maternity benefit leave was approved by the Parliament for welfare of women employees and its impact on the industry needs to be examined carefully,” said a senior government official, requesting anonymity.

The labour ministry has sent the contours of an incentive scheme for companies that provide 26 weeks’ maternity benefit to their

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First Published: Dec 28 2018 | 1:17 AM IST

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