Availing child care leave easier for women now
The UPA government has relaxed norms for child care leave for its women employees, in a move that may help improve gender balance in the male-dominated government jobs.
According to new rules, women employees can now avail two years (730 days) of the child care leave (CCL) even if they have earned leaves left.
So far, mothers on government rolls could avail full 730 days of the CCL during their entire service for taking care of up to two children — whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc — only if they had no earned leave to their credit.
Many of the women employees and their associations resented the linkage between the CCL and earned leave.
The change will come into force from September 1, 2008. Interestingly, while the new rule has taken care of grievance of women employees, many in the government feel that the CCL should be extended to single parents among male employees as well.
According to the new rules, the CCL will be treated like an earned leave and can be availed of by women with children aged less than 18 years. In the case of those, who have physically challenged children, the rule has been relaxed till 22 years.
The CCL can be granted to a probationer under extreme situations — and only if the sanctioning authority is fully satisfied, and the period for which the leave is sanctioned during probation is minimal.
The rules had also clarified that the leave may not be granted in more than three spells in a calendar year, and not more than 15 days at a time.
source:Times of India