No paid pa­ter­nity leave for In­dian dads

Unicef counts In­dia in list not hav­ing fam­ily friendly pol­icy

Deccan Chronicle - - WORLD -

United Na­tions, June 14: In­dia is among al­most 90 coun­tries in the world which do not have na­tional poli­cies in place that en­sure new fa­thers get ad­e­quate paid time off with their new­born ba­bies, ac­cord­ing to a new UNICEF anal­y­sis.

Al­most two-thirds of the world’s chil­dren un­der oneyear old nearly 90 mil­lion live in coun­tries where their fa­thers are not en­ti­tled by law to a sin­gle day of paid pa­ter­nity leave, the UN agency said.

In­dia and Nige­ria, which have high in­fant pop­u­la­tions, are among the 92 coun­tries which do not have na­tional poli­cies in place that en­sure new fa­thers get ad­e­quate paid time off with their new­born ba­bies.

UNICEF noted that around the world, mo­men­tum for fam­ily-friendly poli­cies was grow­ing.

It cited the ex­am­ple of In­dia, where of­fi­cials are propos­ing a Pa­ter­nity Ben­e­fit Bill for con­sid­er­a­tion in the next ses­sion of Par­lia­ment which would al­low fa­thers up to three months of paid pa­ter­nity leave.

Not­ing that much work re­mains to be done, the UN agency said in eight coun­tries across the world, in­clud­ing the United States which is home to nearly four mil­lion in­fants, there was no paid ma­ter­nity or pa­ter­nity leave pol­icy.

Other coun­tries with high in­fant pop­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing Brazil and Congo, all have na­tional paid pa­ter­nity leave poli­cies, al­though of­fer­ing rel­a­tively short-term en­ti­tle­ments.

— PTI

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