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2018-12-17

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Government Policies & Welfare Schemes
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Male employees of the State government are now entitled to child care leave in case their wives are bed-ridden or incapacitated due to mental health problems and unable to take care of their children.

The State government on July 23, issued directions on sanctioning child care leave to its male employees. As per the government resolution issued on December 15, male employees are now liable to leave for the exact time that his wife is bed ridden or unable to take care of the child due to mental health problems.

Teaching and non-teaching staff of zilla parishads, government approved and aided primary, secondary and higher secondary schools, agriculture and non-agriculture universities and full-time teaching and non-teaching staff from the colleges affiliated to those universities also come under this category.

As per the resolution, the State employee will have to submit a medical certificate stating his wife’s condition and that she is unable to take care of the child..

As per the original directions issued in July, this leave will be applicable to only the first two children (below 18) of the employee. The maximum limit of leave would be 180 days and can be availed in three spells in a year. The child care leave can be linked to paternity leave as well.

While officers on probation are not liable for this leave, the rules said that in case of emergencies and serious condition of the child, a special child care leave for the minimum period can be sanctioned and the probation period will be increased accordingly.

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