Govt to refund employers for 7 weeks of maternity leave to employees

New Delhi: The Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry on Thursday announced that the government would give employers the salaries for seven of the 26 weeks of maternity leave for women earning more than 15,000 rupees a month.

WCD Secretary Rakesh Srivastava said it has been decided to utilise the funds lying in the labour welfare cess to pay the employers.

“The utilisation of the labour welfare cess lying with the state governments has been very less. After talks with the Labour Ministry it has been decided that the seven of the 26 weeks of maternity leave for all women employees in the private and government sector getting more than Rs 15,000 a month would be paid from that fund,” he said.

The move covers for the government as well as the private sector, he added saying maternity leave was extended from 12 weeks to 26 weeks last year.

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