File photo of Rajya Sabha
The Rajya Sabha passed a bill to increase the maternity leave to 26 weeks from 12 weeks.
It provides for maternity leave of 26 weeks to women for two surviving children, and also includes the commissioning and adopting mothers.
However, surrogate mothers have been left out, a point which was objected to by several Opposition leaders. They sought Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya's assurance that the government will examine it and take action.
The bill, which will go to Lok Sabha now, will lead to the ratification of International Labour Organization convention number 183 that provides for 14 weeks of maternity benefit to women.
Bill also facilitates 'work from home' for nursing mothers after leave period ends and has made creche facility compulsory in respect of establishments with 50 or more workforces.