As announced by Union minister Jitendra Singh on Monday, male government employees who are raising a child alone are now entitled to Child Care Leave (CCL).
Employees who are unmarried or widowers or divorcees and therefore, are expected to take up the responsibility of child care as a single parent may fall under this category, said Singh. As an added relaxation, an employee on CCL can now also leave the headquarters with the prior approval of the competent authority.
As per the new measure, those availing CCL will be granted 100 per cent of leave salary for the first year and 80 per cent of leave salary for the second year. So far, only women civil servants could avail two years of paid CCL during their entire service before their child reaches the age of 18.
Based on suggestions received over a period of time, Singh said that another welfare measure introduced in this regard is that in case of a disabled child, the limit of availing leave up to the age of 22 years of the child has been removed. Now a government servant can avail CCL for a disabled child of any age, he added.
They can now also avail Leave Travel Concession (LTC) even if he is on child care leave.
It had been possible to make several out-of-the-box decisions in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) over the last six years with the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his emphasis on governance reforms, Singh said.
Singh further informed that the main purpose behind these new measures were to enable a government employee to contribute their maximum potential, although no leniency or tolerance toward corruption or non-performance would be entertained.
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