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HC Notice to Centre on Implementation of Childcare Leave

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Bombay-HCThe Bombay High Court issued a notice to Union government on a petition filed by a woman seeking direction to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to implement childcare leave as ordered by government in 2008.

A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and G S Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by S Mangala, deputy general manager (aviation safety) AAI.

Mangala approached the high court after her request for leave to attend to her 12-year-old daughter with a learning disability was rejected by AAI.

According to her petition, the union government had in September 2008 introduced child care leave on recommendation of the Sixth Pay Commission.

Under child care leave, a woman employee can take upto two years paid leave until the child is of 18 years age.

“The Central government order has three paragraphs – one about increasing maternity leave from 135 days to 180 days, one about increasing from one to two years the existing provision of availing other leave in continuation with the maternity leave and the last one is about child care leave,” the petition said.

The petitioner said in March 2011, AAI had implemented only the first paragraph of the order but not the other two paragraphs.

The high court today issued notice to the union government and sought its response in two weeks.

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