Wed, Feb 22, 2017 | updated 04:47 PM IST

Maternity Benefit Bill will improve health of babies: Maneka Gandhi

Updated: Aug 11, 2016 11:07 IST

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)

Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Continuing her tirade against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday dubbed the saffron party as the 'Bharatiya Jumla Party', while reiterating her claim that provision of reservation to the underprivileged would come to an end as soon as the BJP comes to power in Uttar Pradesh.

Full Story >>

PETA to move SC against Jallikattu, Kambala

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 16:29 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): In a bid to put an end to the bull-taming sport of Tamil Nadu, Jallikattu, and the buffalo race of Karnataka, Kambala, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Wednesday said it will move the Supreme Court challenging the legislation passed by the assemblies of both states for having allowed these sports.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday reserved its stay order on the nursery admission notification of the Delhi Government and will pronounce its order on February 27.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The government has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Australia for promotion and development of cooperation in civil aviation security.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Feb. 22 (ANI): The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval for signing of an agreement between India and Poland on cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.

Full Story >>

By Onkareshwar Pandey

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): In order to encourage greater trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange between India and Greece, Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the signing of Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the two countries.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): A clash broke out between All India Students Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) students over cancellation of JNU student Umar Khalid's talk at Delhi University's Ramjas College.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Clashes broke out outside Delhi University's Ramjas College as student activists linked to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protested over a college invite to controversial Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid.

Full Story >>

Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 22 (ANI): Expressing complete confidence in the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress alliance, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said that the party with 'pedal ahead' with full speed now that it had the support of the grand old party.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.22 (ANI): Customs Department officials on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of an Afghan national in the Terminal Three (T-3) complex of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) for carrying items that were in violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb 22 (ANI): Treading similar paths as Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh over the idea of SP- Congress alliance, his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav has now come forth with a shocker that he will not campaign for any grand old party candidate.

Full Story >>

North 24 Parganas (West Bengal) [India], Feb.22 (ANI): A fake passport racket was busted by the North 24 Parganas district police in Barasat on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.22 (ANI): The Airports Authority of India is looking beyond national boundaries and interests and is undertaking newer business initiatives by exploring global aviation markets for providing consultancy, construction, management services, export services and undertaking operations abroad in relation to airports, air-navigation services, ground aids and safety services beyond national borders.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has come under the radar of the Opposition parties post his flamboyant tribute at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateshwara near Tirumala.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.22 (ANI): The cast and Producer of Bollywood movie 'Jolly LLB 2' failed to appear in the Delhi Court on Wednesday in connection with a defamation case filed by footwear company Bata India limited.

Full Story >>

Kozikhode (Kerala) [India], Feb.22 (ANI): A major fire broke out at S.M. Street located in Kerala's Kozikhode on Wednesday which is also a biggest commercial street and is popularly known as Mittai Theruvu.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The Madras High Court on Wednesday sought credible evidence to prove that the AIADMK MLAs were held captive in a resort in Kuvathoor and also the video evidence of the proceedings in the Tamil Nadu Assembly during Chief Minister's Edapadi Palaniswami's trust vote.

Full Story >>

Shurhozelie Liezietsu sworn in as Nagaland CM

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 13:22 IST

Kohima (Nagaland) [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Naga People's Front (NPF) president Shurhozelie Liezietsu on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Nagaland.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Feb. 22 (ANI): Confident of Mayawati winning the hearts of Uttar Pradesh in the Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Wednesday asserted that the Congress-Samajwadi Party was already doomed as it was forged out of 'compulsion'.

Full Story >>