The Tamil Nadu Government on Monday issued an order enhancing maternity leave for women government employees from the current 180 days to 270 days i.e. nine months.
The Government Order of the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department stated that woman employees with less than two surviving children were eligible for the nine-month maternity leave with full pay and the period may be "spread over from the pre-confinement rest to post-confinement recuperation, at the option of the woman government servant".
The notification mentions that the orders were issued pursuant to announcement made by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on 01.09.2016, promising to enhance maternity leave for government employees to nine months. She had earlier enhanced it from three to six months after assuming office in 2011.
The order further clarified that, ‘Women government servants who have proceeded on maternity leave, prior to the date of issue of this order and continue to be on this leave as of now, are also eligible for availing of maternity leave upto nine months (270 days) in total.’
Necessary amendments to the Fundamental Rules would be issued separately, it added.
Read the order here.
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