Mon, Apr 24, 2017 | updated 01:18 AM IST

Maternity Benefit Bill will improve health of babies: Maneka Gandhi

Updated: Aug 11, 2016 11:07 IST      
Maternity Benefit Bill will improve health of babies: Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi, Aug. 11 (ANI): Congratulating Parliament and the Centre for taking up the Maternity Benefit Bill in the Rajya Sabha today, Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi said the passage of the important bill would improve the health of babies.

"I am really happy that the Maternity Benefit Bill is going through Rajya Sabha today and I would like to congratulate all of Parliament and our government especially for having changed the lives of mothers and children. This is an important Bill because it will really improve the health of babies," Gandhi told media here.

Gandhi said one of the reasons why the ministry insisted on it was because the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) had made a parameter that if women breast feeds minimum of seven months then the child will suffer from far less allergies and illnesses.

"So, we have now made it six and a half months and for the first time in India this is happening..giving a chance to women to breast feed their babies, look after them, heal their bodies and then come back to work," she added.

Following the Cabinet approving the amendment made to the Maternity Benefit Act, which aims to raise maternity leave for women from 12 to 26 weeks, will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha today for consideration and passing.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, yesterday gave its ex-post facto approval for amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 by introducing the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2016.

The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, protects the employment of women during the time of maternity and entitles them of a full paid absence from work to take care for the child.

The amendment bill seeks to increase maternity leave to 26 weeks in all establishments, including private sector. The act is applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more persons.

The bill also provides 12 weeks leave for commissioning and adopting mothers and makes it mandatory to provide creche facility for establishment where the number of workers is 50 and above.

At present, the Maternity Benefit Act does not provide any maternity leave for commissioning or adopting mothers.

Maternal care to the Child during early childhood is crucial for growth and development of the child. The amendments will help 18 lakh women workforce in organised sector. (ANI)

Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India], April 23 (ANI): Around 14 activists belonging to rightwing groups Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other groups were arrested by the police after they ransacked the Sadar Bazar Police Station in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri.

Full Story >>

Congress leader Bachcha Pathak passes away

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 22:43 IST

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Former Uttar Pradesh minister and senior Congress leader Bachcha Pathak passed away on Sunday after prolonged illness.

Full Story >>

Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) [India] Apr 23 (ANI): The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Chhattisgarh Police on Sunday apprehended a Naxal carrying reward of Rs. one lakh on her head from Dantewada's Gadiras.

Full Story >>

Vadodara (Gujarat) [India] Apr 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said India will consider Balochistan as a separate country if Pakistan continues with alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution.

Full Story >>

MCD poll ends with 54 percent voter turnout

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 21:55 IST

New Delhi [India], April 23 (ANI): The polling for the 270 wards of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) ended on Sunday. Around 54 percent voter turnout was recorded in the three corporations in Delhi.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Apr 23 (ANI): Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh's plane C56X on Sunday made an emergency landing at Lucknow airport after technical snag in landing gear.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a letter to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday condoled the Mazar-e-Sharif attack.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Apr 23 (ANI): In the wake of the prevailing situation of unrest in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is likely to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow at around 10:30 a.m.

Full Story >>

Othian (Punjab) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Even before the government machinery could move to give compensation to the farmers who lost their standing wheat crop in a fire incident on Saturday, local body minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday announced to give Rs. 24 lakh as compensation to them from his own pocket.

Full Story >>

Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department organised a 'Mudzilla Car Race', a two-day event in Ompora area of Budgam district here.

Full Story >>

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Despite of the heat wave condition prevailing in major parts of the country, Tod valley in Lahaul and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh have witnessed a fall in temperature with fresh snowfall on Sunday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently holding a meeting with the Chief Ministers and the Deputy Chief Ministers of all the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Apr 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday at the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog's Governing Council meet urged all the states to work with his government as part of Team India and help in identifying goals for 2022.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu farmers who had been protesting over drought relief funds and waiver of farmers' loans on Sunday suspended their protest till May 25 after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswamy's assurance.

Full Story >>

Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] Apr 23 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday arrested a young man from Budgam in case of a 'rumour-mongering' using social networking websites.

Full Story >>

Coffee scented stamps released in Bengaluru

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 18:11 IST

Bengaluru [Karnataka], April 23 (ANI): Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha on Sunday released coffee scented postage stamps at the General Post Office, Bengaluru.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu farmers, who have been protesting in the capital for the past 40 days and demanding loan waivers, drought relief packages and formation of a Cauvery management board to resolve their irrigation issues, today hinted at withdrawing their agitation.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 23 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday trained its guns on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal following the death of a 30-year-old man after falling into a pit dug by the BSES in Delhi's Neb Sarai area and alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo was ignoring the plight of the people due to his over ambition.

Full Story >>

Kolkata/New Delhi [India] Apr 23 (ANI): Attempting to justify his "those opposing Jai Sri Ram will be relegated to history" remark, West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Dilip Ghosh on Sunday said the TMC-ruled state's situation is worrisome as the people are not allowed to perform rituals rather slogans in support of Pakistan can be heard aloud.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Popular Indian television actor Parth Samthaan, who became a household name with the success of the show 'Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan', was on Sunday booked under Sections 8 and 12 of the POCSO Act in Bangur Nagar.

Full Story >>