The government is set to enhance maternity benefit to 26 weeks from the current 12 through an executive order, labour and employment minister Bandaru Dattareya said on Thursday, 19th May 2016.

“We have a huge task in hand, but we can’t pass Bills without reaching a consensus. However, we have decided to go ahead with some of the pro-labour Bills through executive orders. We have done it in the case of minimum wage of  Rs 10,000 for contract workers. We will do it for extending the maternity benefit as well,” the minister told FE in an interview.

Dattatreya said maternity leave for private sector workers would be extended to 26 weeks from the current 12 weeks. The executive order would come soon. Suggestions were there from the ministry of women and child development to enhance the maternity benefit to 28 weeks under the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961.

News Courtesy : Financial Express

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