The ministry of women and child development (WCD) has proposed to increase maternity leave for working women from three months to eight months.
The proposed eight-month maternity leave will include one-month leave before expected delivery date, and seven months after delivery.
The WCD ministry has also urged the labour ministry that maternity benefit provisions be extended to all working women in organised and unorganised sectors.
“We have mooted a proposal for extending the maternity leave for working women from the present three months to eight months to the Cabinet Secretariat for a discussion in the Committee of Secretaries.
This matter was taken up by our minister with the Prime Minister and he is also very interested, so we are sending a copy to him,” WCD additional secretary Nutan Guha Biswas said.