Child Care Leave

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Child care leave is a special priv­i­lege availed es­pe­cially to the women em­ploy­ees work­ing in the gov­ern­ment of­fices all across the na­tion. This priv­i­lege for women em­ploy­ees whereby they are en­ti­tled to go on leave for 766 days dur­ing their en­tire ser­vice was ini­tially mooted and im­ple­mented dur­ing the UPA-II rule is still in vogue also dur­ing the present BJP-ruled gov­ern­ment.

This special priv­i­lege is aimed at fa­cil­i­tat­ing the women em­ploy­ees to go on leave in dif­fer­ent spells dur­ing their ser­vice to look after or take care of their chil­dren in the lat­ter's education and health as­pects. This scheme seems to be an ad­di­tional ben­e­fit for women em­ploy­ees who are al­ready en­dowed with the priv­i­lege of go­ing on 180 days of ma­ter­nity leave. It is un­for­tu­nate that male em­ploy­ees and all other em­ploy­ees who are child­less are not cov­ered un­der the scheme.

Also, avail­ing of this ben­e­fit ap­pears to be a po­lit­i­cally bi­ased move which de­prives the male and child­less women of their chances to go on long leave as and when re­quired. Hence, this is noth­ing short of the ex­ist­ing gen­der in­equal­ity in re­verse gear.

Hence, in view of short­fall aris­ing out in terms of ex­che­quer and pro­duc­tiv­ity of work, the Gov­ern­ment would do well to ei­ther scrap this special scheme of "Child Care Leave" or ex­tend the same also in case of all those who are now de­prived of the ben­e­fits doled out as a re­sult of im­ple­ment­ing the scheme.

— Bh. Indu Sekhar

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