27 Jul, 2023 9:24a.m.

Sikkim set to implement 1-year maternity leave for government staff


In an announcement made on Wednesday, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang revealed a progressive move by the government to provide its employees with improved family benefits. He stated that the government will soon introduce a 12-month maternity leave and a one-month paternity leave for its employees. To implement this change, adjustments will be made in the service rules.

Mr. Tamang emphasized that this new benefit is aimed at enabling government employees to take better care of their children and families. The initiative recognizes the importance of work-life balance and acknowledges the vital role of the employees in the state administration. He expressed his gratitude towards the officers for their significant contributions to the growth and development of Sikkim and its people.

The specific details regarding the new leave policies will be communicated to the concerned employees in due course. Currently, under the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961, a working woman is entitled to 26 weeks, or six months, of paid maternity leave. This step taken by the government reflects its commitment to employee welfare and underscores its focus on ensuring gender equality and family support in the workplace.

It is worth noting that Sikkim, as a Himalayan state, has the lowest population in India, estimated to be around 6.32 lakh. This move towards enhanced parental leave for government employees sets a positive example for other regions and organizations to follow suit in promoting employee well-being and creating a more inclusive work environment.

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