Lok sabha passes Maternity Bill, increases paid leave to 26 weeks

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In a recent move, the lower house of Parliament on Thursday passed the Maternity Benefit bill 2016, which will increase the maternity leave for the working women in private sector from 12 weeks to 26 weeks which will be provided for their first two children.

The latest decision made by the parliament will benefit approx 1.8 million women in the country.

Maneka Gandhi, Women and child development minister said, “I am very, very happy we have made history today. This will help thousands of women and produce much healthier children. We have been working on it for a long time”.

In a statement senior Union labour ministry official said, “This has been done to help new mothers. However, we have left it for the employers to decide”.

Although, the latest proposed bill will come to affect once the President signs the bill. The bill will also allow employers grant the permission to work from home in some situation.

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