The West Bengal Commission for Women (WBCW) has recommended the state government to introduce Child Adoption Leave for women government employees who have adopted a child. Under the current norms,women state government employees,who have adopted a child,get six months leave,which is deducted from their Earned Leave. The Commission has proposed that this system needs to be revised and an adoption leave should be given an independent status.
The women state government employees,who have adopted child,have been strongly demanding introduction of Child Adoption Leave. This move will obviously provide a booster shot to their demands,a state women and child development department official said.
We have recommended two years child adoption leave for adoptive mothers who serve the state government and its subsidiaries. If the state government does not respond,we will send the recommendation again. Adoptive mothers should be treated as natural mothers. There should not be any disparity in this regard, Sunanda Mukherjee,the chairperson of West Bengal Commission for Women told The Indian Express.
Women employees of the central government get Child Adoption Leave for two years. Our Chief Minister has done an excellent job by increasing the maternity leave by 2 years. I hope that she will consider the commissions recommendation, Mukherjee said. Sunanda,however,could not recall how many woman state government employees have adopted a child so far.
State women and child development minister Sabitri Mitra,to whom the recommendation was submitted,said,she would look into the matter.
Sources at the state women and child development department said,women state government employees,who have adopted a child aged less than one month,get leave for a maximum period of one year. In case the the adopted childs age is less than 6 months,the adoptive mother get leave up to six months. If the age of the adopted child is more than nine months,the adoptive mother gets three months leave.
But what has triggered a resentment among the adoptive mother is that this leave is deducted from the Earned Leave, sources said. Officials said that if the state government accepts the recommendation of the West Bengal Women Commission,it would encourage child adoption. A state government employee,who adopted a child,had approached the womens body in September last year with a plea to recommend the state government to introduce Child Adoption Leave in the line of the Central government. Later,the issue was discussed among the Commissions members and decision was taken to send a recommendation to the state government.