More maternity leaves would empower women: J-K Minister

Jammu and Kashmir Minister Priya Sethi today said the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, passed by the Parliament would ensure better health and wellbeing of mother and child.

The increase in maternity leaves is a welcome provision that will protect the employment of women, the J-K Minister of State for Education, Culture and Tourism said.
“Once the President gives his assent to the Bill, all working women in every establishment, public or private, will be entitled to 26 weeks of maternity leave. This will pave the way for healthy and secure motherhood, and wellbeing of the child,” she said.

Woman who adopt a child of below three months age will also be given 12 weeks leave from the day the child is handed over to her, the BJP leader said.

“With this, India will take a big leap in ensuring maternity benefits to working women,” she said

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