The Central Government Staff will now be eligible for paid leave for blood donation.
Currently, rules allow one day leave for whole blood donation and not for the apheresis donation. Apheresis blood collection, or ABC, is a special kind of blood donation, where instead of giving whole blood, an ABC donor gives only the components of blood needed for patients that day.
It is felt that the rule should cover apheresis donation as well since it will have the added advantage of getting blood components like platelets, plasma, etc, the ministry said in an order issued recently.
"It has now been decided that Special Casual leave may be granted for blood donation or for apheresis (blood components such as red cells, plasma, platelets etc.) donation at licensed blood banks on a working day (for that day only) up to a maximum of four times in a year on submission of valid proof of donation," the order said.