The Tamil Nadu government has enhanced paid maternity leave for its women employees from six to nine months, as announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in Assembly.
“The Government, after careful consideration, based on the announcement made in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on 01.09.2016, under rule 110 of the Legislative Assembly Rules order that the maternity leave admissible to married women Government servants with less than two surviving children, which is 6 months (180 days) at present, be enhanced to 9 months (270 days), with full pay, which may be spread over from the pre-confinement rest to post-confinement recuperation, at the option of the women Government servant,” said the order.
On September 1, Jayalalithaa had said that maternity leave for women government employees will be increased from six to nine months, fulfilling her party’s electoral promise.
She had earlier enhanced it from three to six months after assuming office in 2011.
From 1980 to 2011, women employees were entitled for only 90 days maternity leave, she had said in the Assembly.
“Fulfilling our (AIADMK) electoral promise of increasing maternity leave to nine months for women government employees, I would like to announce that the maternity leave will be increased to nine months,” she had told the House in a suo motu statement.
While making this announcement, she also rolled out various schemes to boost the health infrastructure with state-of-the-art facilities in government hospitals.