New Delhi, Oct 26: Initiating major reforms in Child Care leave policy for the Central Government employees, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has allowed the male employees who are single parents, to take leave for the Child care.
The DoPT Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Monday said that this facility will be given to those male employees who are widowers or divorcees or even unmarried and may therefore, be expected to take up the responsibility of child care as a single – handed parent.
Dr Singh also informed that an employee on Child Care Leave may now leave the head quarter with the prior approval of Competent Authority. In addition, the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) may be availed by the employee even if he is on Child Care Leave and also said that Child Care Leave can be granted at 100 percent of leave salary for the first 365 days and 80 percent of leave salary for the next 365 days.
The Minister also informed that in case of a disabled child, the condition of availing Child Care Leave up to the age of 22 years of the child has been removed and now Child Care Leave can be availed by a government servant for a disabled child of any age.
Describing it as a path-breaking and progressive reform to bring ease of living for government servants, Dr Singh said, the orders regarding this had been issued quite some time back but somehow did not receive enough circulation in the public.