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Child Care Leave for working mothers

August 27, 2013

Calicut University in July this year became the first Indian varsity to grant long-term maternity leave for women students, enabling them to continue a course without facing a 'year-out' due to pregnancy.

The University's Dean of Student Welfare said the decision was the culmination of two-year long efforts initiated by the student grievance redressal cell to bring in gender equality and provide equal educational opportunity to women students.

"Many married students, especially those pursuing professional courses like MBBS, have been approaching us saying they were having a tough time balancing the mandatory attendance requirements and their maternity-related responsibilities in family life. We feel that it is the duty of society to ensure that maternity related issues not come in the way of a girl student in achieving her career and academic aspirations," the Dean said.

This is indeed a historical decision, and will be taken note of by other universities and educational institutions around the country.

Government of West Bengal took a decision early this year, to grant a special 'Child Care Leave' of two years to female state government employees. The CCL could be taken till a child turns 18 years. Those who avail this special leave will also receive their full salary during the period.

According to the Central government order that came into effect from September 1, 2008, "Women employees having minor children may be granted CCL by an authority competent to grant leave, for a maximum period of two years (730 days), during their entire service for taking care of up to two children whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc."

West Bengal government before taking this decision had a policy by which a female employee was allowed 120 days of maternity leave only. During the rule of the past regime a proposal to make it at par with Central Government policies was thought about but relegated to the back burner. The current Chief Minister took up the issue, and recognizing the importance of it, ensured that the female employees of the state government receive the same benefit as their counterparts in central government service.

Both these historic moves will help women to pursue their career and family life without having to choose one over the other. It is also an acknowledgement and an endorsement of the fact that a woman need not sacrifice her career for her family obligations.

Source: Team M3.tv

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Comments (1)
Sunil Kaithowar Reply
December 21, 2013
I salute the WB Govt. for declaring such much needed LEAVE for female employees.
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