The Centre has approved Kerala's request to bring private schools and colleges under the Maternity Benefit Act. Kerala Minister TP Ramakrishnan said the state will soon issue a notification in this regard.
Kerala will become the first state to bring private educational institutions under the act which regulates the employment of women for a specific period before and after childbirth. The Centre has recently given approval for the state cabinet decision on the same.
With this, Kerala has become the first state to bring private schools and colleges under the ambit of the Act. It provides protection to women during the time of maternity and also gives women the cover of maternity benefit to be absent from work without loss of pay while taking care of the child. While the original Act of 1961 authorizes women paid leave of 12 weeks, the amendment in 2017 extended it to 26 weeks.
A Cabinet meeting of the Kerala government on August 29 decided to seek approval of the Centre to issue a notification for bringing employees of the private sector under the ambit of the Act.