Child Care Leave
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