Special 60-day maternity leave: Central govt female staff to get a special maternity leave of 60 days. The leave will be granted in the event that a baby is lost before or during delivery, or if the infant passes away shortly after birth. A directive in this regard was issued by the Department of Personnel and Training. In accordance to the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, the decision was taken.
Special 60-day maternity leave: Key Points
- The decision was made, according to the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, with consideration for any potential emotional damage that could result from a stillbirth or the death of a child soon after birth, which could have a profound effect on the mother’s life.
- A baby born at or after week 28 of gestation may be said to have died still. Up to 28 days after delivery may be used to identify the situation for a child dying soon after birth. The time between conception and delivery is known as the gestational period.
60-day maternity leave: Eligibilty
The benefit of Special Maternity Leave will only be available to Central govt female staff who have fewer than two living children, and it can only be used for childbirth in an approved hospital.