Ex­ten­sion of ma­ter­nity leave un­der dis­cus­sion

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The Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (RCSC) and Cab­i­net Sec­re­tar­iat could not draw any con­clu­sion on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ex­ten­sion of ma­ter­nity leave from three to six months for women civil ser­vants.

Al­though both RCSE and the Cab­i­net de­cided on two or three rec­om­men­da­tion to give six months from three months ma­ter­nity leave and 10 days from 5 days of pa­ter­nity leave.

But the con­flict is about the ex­ten­sion of an­other six months ad­di­tional parental leave as rec­om­mended by RCSC and Cab­i­net for work­ing par­ents would be granted leave or flexi time.

Ly­on­choen in meet the press last Fri­day said, the RCSC re­sponded to the Cab­i­net say­ing that they don’t re­quire ap­proval from the Cab­i­net only the bud­get re­quire­ments re­quires the ap­proval. But if that is the case RCSC should not put up the pro­posal to the Cab­i­net he said.

“If the com­mis­sion has the au­thor­ity to ap­prove leave then we the cab­i­net don’t want to put our hands,” “though it is not Cab­i­net’s au­thor­ity but we worked as per pro­posal and rec­om­men­da­tion,” Prime Min­is­ter said.

The Min­is­ter for Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said, the Cab­i­net de­cided to grant half day leave only for moth­ers in ad­di­tional six months leave. Af­ter study­ing thor­oughly the cab­i­net in­tends to avoid mis­uses of leave and also to pay full salary.

The Cab­i­net has de­cided only the moth­ers will be en­ti­tled for the ad­di­tional ma­ter­nity leave for the ben­e­fi­cial of both the child and for mother , it would be best for mother to just work half a day and take leave , she added.

Sup­ple­ment­ing on the is­sue the Health Min­is­ter, Ly­onpo Tandin Wang- chuk said that the ba­bies should be breast feed for first six months to main­tain health of baby and af­ter six months the ba­bies can be fed by sup­ple­men­tary food.

Whereas the Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (RCSC) has pro­posed that the leave should be flex­i­ble for both the father and mother in ad­di­tional six months parental leave by de­duct­ing half pay­ment and half hous­ing al­lowance.

“Not many civil ser­vants could be able to sur­vive with the parental leave since ei­ther of the par­ents would only re­ceive half the wages” , said Prime Min­is­ter.

Even with pend­ing works, moth­ers can take home to com­plete as Ly­onch­hen quoted that dur­ing the win­ter tim­ing the civil ser­vants misses only 2 to 3 hours per day.

“For teacher and nurse the work seems to be bit in­con­ve­nient, if the mother is teacher in un­der­stand­ing ba­sis her sub­ject can be shifted in the morn­ing and for nurse they can work 9 am to 1 pm is enough,” he said.

The govern­ment’s de­ci­sion is meant to grant moth­ers half day leave is to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity in one’s own field work and to save the govern­ment’s funds with­out hav­ing to re­cruit new mem­bers.

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