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Male employees of the government entitled to avail Child Care Leave now

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Dr Jitendra Singh on October 26, 2020, announced that the male government employees are now entitled to avail Child Care Leave

Kohima, October 27 (NEx): The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Dr Jitendra Singh on October 26, 2020, announced that the male government employees are now entitled to avail Child Care Leave (CCL).

This provision and privilege is for those male employees who happen to be “single male parent”, including male employees who are widowers or divorcees or even unmarried and may therefore, be expected to take up the responsibility of child care as a single – handed parent.

This was announced by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh while briefing about some major reforms by Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT).

Singh said, the orders had been issued quite some time back but somehow did not receive enough circulation in the public, while he added that it is a path-breaking and progressive reform to bring ease of living for government servants.

Further, Union Minister informed that an employee on Child Care Leave may now leave the head quarter with the prior approval of Competent Authority. In addition, the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) may be availed by the employee even if he is on Child Care Leave.

He also informed that Child Care Leave can be granted at 100% of leave salary for the first 365 days and 80% of leave salary for the next 365 days.

Based on the inputs over a period of time, another welfare measure introduced in this regard is that in case of a disabled child, the condition of availing Child Care Leave up to the age of 22 years of the child has been removed and now Child Care Leave can be availed by a government servant for a disabled child of any age, Singh said.

The basic purpose behind all these decisions has always been to enable a government employee to contribute to the maximum of his potential, although at the same time there will be no leniency or tolerance towards corruption or non-performance, he asserted.

(News source: PIB)