Maternity Leave to be extended from six months to eight months
The government is planning to bestow a gift for the working women in India. And the special news is that the Prime Minister has a consensus on this extension of maternity leave from six months to eight months for working women in India. This would act as a huge relief to the women who both manage their families and earn a livelihood.
When working women are pregnant, it is often challenging for them to come to their office and lead a normal life. Pregnancy is a special moment in any women’s life and each expecting mother has an absolute right to enjoy that moment. We are sure this extension would be welcomed by every working woman across the country.
In this context only, the government directs each employer to provide maternity leave to every working women and expecting mother. However, the current government feels that mere six months is not really enough for the expecting mothers and hence, the ML would be extended to eight months now.
The government has recently hinted that within next few days only, it would amend the Maternity Benefit Law, 1961 and the work on its extension would get started. The Women and Child Welfare Minister, Meneka Gandhi asserted that she had an extensive discussion over this issue with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She hopes that the cabinet would give a clear approval to the proposal in its winter session.
With this proposal becoming a law, all women working in organized and unorganized sector would directly be benefited. The proposal further describes that there has been an increase in the number of nuclear families in which the working women have to manage each and every aspect of the household and give full time to their respective offices as well, making it quite a tough affair during times of pregnancy.
In earlier days, when women used to live in joint families, they were supported by mothers or mothers-in-law, which have now become inaccessible. Thus, it is imperative that working women should be given more space so that they can enjoy their pregnancy and take care of their children post-pregnancy.
The Prime Minister is supporting every aspect of this proposal and wants that the concerned minister should take immediate action in this regard to make this proposal a reality soon and thus provide working women of the country with a pleasant relief.