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Govt plans maternity benefit for women in informal sector

RS passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill that provides 26 weeks of paid maternity leave

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 13 2016 10:45AM | Updated Date: Aug 13 2016 2:20PM

Govt plans maternity benefit for women in informal sector

Government would bring the amendment to extend paid maternity leave benefit for the women, working in unorganized sector. Rajya Sabha passed a bill unanimously which will provide 26 weeks of leave to working mothers in the formal sector.


The government’s plan would benefits the estimated 8-10 crore women, of total workforce of 43 crore in the unorganized sector. The ministry has also envisaged ways to compress 44 labour laws into four codes on industrial relations, wages, social security and workers safety and welfare.


The Labour Ministry will be writing to the states for discussing ways to provide this benefit to women working in unorganized sector. “We are thinking as to how we can extend this benefit to mothers in the unorganised sector,” Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a press conference here.


The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, will help the expecting mothers, against the existing provision of 12 weeks, for two children. Once approved by the Lok Sabha in the Winter Session of Parliament, it will be applicable in organizations where the number of employees is 10 or above.


Talking about productivity of the Labour Ministry during the Monsoon session, Dattatreya said, “In Rajya Sabha, 14 bills were passed in this session, of which two — Child Labour Bill and Maternity Benefit Bill — were from our ministry.