The Tamil Nadu government on Monday enhanced paid maternity leave from six to nine months, as reported by NDTV. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had announced in September that maternity leave for women government employees will be increased from the present six months to nine, fulfilling her party’s electoral promise.
Unveiling healthcare initiatives worth over Rs 1,400 crore, Jayalalithaa recalled that she had increased the maternity leave to six months after she assumed office as Chief Minister in 2011 from the then previous three months.
From 1980 to 2011, women employees were entitled for only 90 days maternity leave, she had said in the Assembly. “Fulfilling our (AIADMK) electoral promise of increasing maternity leave to nine months for women government employees, I would like to announce that the maternity leave will be increased to nine months,” she had told the House in a suo motu statement.
She had also unveiled a slew of healthcare initiatives which include extension of ongoing schemes, procurement of diagnostic devices like PET Scan, dialysis equipment, setting up of additional infrastructure like Cathlab and construction of buildings, all together worth over Rs 1,400 crore.
(With inputs from PTI)