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Defence Ministry approval of Maternity and Childcare leave for women soldiers, sailors, and air warriors

Published on November 07, 2023
Current Context: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal to grant maternity, child care, and child adoption leave to women soldiers, sailors, and air warriors on par with their officer counterparts.
Defence Ministry approval of Maternity and Childcare leave for women soldiers, sailors, and air warriors
  • At present, the women officers get maternity leave of 180 days with full pay for each child, subject to a maximum of two children.
  • Childcare leave of 360 days is granted in total service career (subject to the child being less than 18 years of age) to women officers.
  • Child adoption leave of 180 days is granted after the date of the valid adoption of a child below one year of age.
  • The extension of leave rules will go a long way in dealing with women-specific family and social issues relevant to the armed forces.
  • This measure is going to improve the work conditions of women in the military and aid them to balance the spheres of professional and family life in a better manner.

Question:

Q.1 Who approved the proposal to grant maternity, child care, and child adoption leave to women soldiers, sailors, and air warriors?
a. Prime Minister Narendra Modi
b. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
c. President Ram Nath Kovind
d. Home Minister Amit Shah
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