Govt mulling maternity benefit for women in unorganised sector
Government is mulling over a contributory maternity benefit scheme for the unorganised sector employing around 10 crore women, after enhancing the paid maternity leave in all companies to six months.
The ministry has geared up to provide this sustenance to women in unorganised sector after Rajya Sabha passed the Maternity Benefit Bill 2016 unanimously to provide 26 weeks of leave to working mothers in the formal sector last week.
After the passage of Maternity Benefit Bill 2016 in Lok Sabha in forthcoming Winter session, as many as 1.8 million women will be benefited under the formal sector.
The Maternity Benefit Act covers all establishments employing 10 or more workers. But the new provision in the law would not provide any relief to over 10 crore women working in farms or as domestic help
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