In a major decision beneficial for women employees, the state government has approved child care leave of two years in the entire service for taking care of the two eldest surviving children not above 18 years. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has approved the decision and a formal order will be issued in the next few days by the state Finance Department which had submitted the proposal. The child care leave will be above maternity leave that is already available for the state’s women employees. At present the women employees in the state are only entitled to six months maternity leave. The approval by the Chief Minister states that a woman employee may be granted child care leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a maximum period of 730 days during her entire service for taking care of her two eldest children whether for rearing or for looking after any of their needs such as education, sickness and the like.
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