Lok Sabha passes Maternity Bill

The bill hopes to increase maternity leaves from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2017 8:25 am
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The Maternity Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Thursday by voice vote. The bill  seeks to increases the maternity leaves from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. It also aims to protect the employment of women during the time of pregnancy and entitles them to full paid absence from work to take care of their child. The Bill was moved by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya in Lower House.

He said, ” This is my humble gift to women, a day after the world celebrated the International Women’s Day.”

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The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, was passed by the Rajya Sabha in August last year. It aimed at benefiting about 1.8 million women in the organised sector. The Bill will be applicable to the establishments that hires at least 10 or more people. The entitlement will be for only up to first two children. For third child, the entitlement will be for only 12 weeks.

India will take third place in terms of Maternity leaves after Canada and Norway where it is 50 weeks and 44 weeks respectively. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for Friday after clause by clause voting on the Bill.

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    Bhavana
    Mar 9, 2017 at 10:58 pm
    Hi Vinay, I am also in same situation.What should I do if my company refuses to provide 26 weeks leave.
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      Bhavana
      Mar 9, 2017 at 10:54 pm
      Hi Vinay, I am also in same situation.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What should I do if my company refuses to give 26 of maternity leave.
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        Chetali
        Mar 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm
        Is this law applicable for a women how is already on maternity leaves
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          Shirina Pothen
          Mar 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm
          Super News ! Finally the Govt has done something for the women of India 👍Thank you Menaka hi
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            Praveen
            Mar 13, 2017 at 11:20 am
            Congratulations ts
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              S Naik
              Mar 10, 2017 at 3:25 am
              What about private sector employees
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                Sheikh Ubair
                Mar 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm
                Hey. My wife is already on maternity leave, our baby is now 3 and half month old whether she will get the benefit of this bill??lt;br/gt;N whether she will get d ry for d last mnth as it was fourth month
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                  Yogananda
                  Mar 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm
                  Thank god atlast this is approved after a long wait for 2 to 3 years.
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