The Rajasthan government issued a notification for child care leave (CCL) for women employees for a maximum period of two years during service.
Amending the Rajasthan Service Rules, by the order of the Governor, a woman government employee will now get child care leave for a maximum period of two years (730 days) during their service life for taking care of two eldest children. The leave can be used for different purposes such as prolonged illness, examination etc.
For taking the leave, the child should be below the age of 18. In case of children with disability, the leave can be availed till the child is 22 (in case of a minimum disability of 40 per cent). Before getting the leave, the employee needs to submit a certificate of dependency of the disabled child and other related documents.
During the leave, a woman employee is entitled to a salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on the leave. CCL can also be combined with other leaves but it cannot be claimed as a matter of right. CCL will not be granted to those women employees who remain on unauthorised absence from duty.
However, the authority can deny the leave application on the ground of proper and smooth functioning of work.
CCL cannot be granted for more than three spells in a year and cannot be granted to probationer trainee, in case it’s granted under special circumstances then the probation period will be extended and the leave will be treated as privilege leave.
If a woman employee seeks the leave for examination and illness of a minor child living abroad, it will be sanctioned after getting a certificate issued by the educational institution. Also, before CCL is sanctioned for the examination of a minor child, who lives in a hostel, the employee has to clarify how the needs of such a minor child will be looked after by her.
Rajasthan Mahila Adhikari and Karamchari (Ekikrat) Mahasangh, member Kamal Shekhawat, an RPS official, said, “It is a welcoming move and in the interest of women employees. For last three years, we were working on the issue. The central government had done it along with the sixth pay commission. The decision is a good move for women’s welfare as they need to balance both work and family.”