For parents of children, balancing long working hours and taking care of their young ones can be quite a challenge. While most of them try to find viable solutions and make the situation work, there are quite a few who dislike being away from their children for an entire day but do not have an option.
This is why, a recent proposal by the Maharashtra government, promises to be a pleasant piece of news to parents in the state.
Employees of the Maharashtra government, who are parents of children below the age of 18 years will now get 180 days of paid leave!
Although the primary focus of this initiative is mothers, the government has also extended it to single fathers whose wives have passed away.
Sudhir Mungantiwar, the Cabinet Minister of Finance & Planning and Forest departments in Maharashtra confirmed that the state government approved the “special child care leave proposal” on Tuesday, 3 June 2018.
“The cabinet decision confined to government employees was taken to enable better parenting,” he said.
He further added that at present, women employees can avail 180 days maternity leave twice since this leave can be taken by women with two children.
A mother or a widower father can avail the special child care leave until their child/children are 18 years of age. Parents have an option of availing the leave in one stretch or in gaps, according to Daily News and Analysis.
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This new initiative will ensure that parents get to spend ample time with their children until they become adults. Not only will this help in their upbringing, but will also ensure that the bond between children and parents is carefully nurtured.
In a time when parents find it hard to balance their work and personal lives and when long hours in the office tire them so much that it is tough for them to stay active and engage with their children after returning home, the Maharashtra government has undoubtedly brought some much-needed relief.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)