DMPQ: Maternity benefit amendment act (act)

Features of the act


The recently passed bill will amend the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.

 It increases the paid maternity leave for pregnant women working in the organised sector from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.

 The 26 weeks of leave will be for the first two pregnancies.

 For the third child, it will be of 12 weeks and 6 weeks for the fourth.

 It allows 12 weeks of paid maternity leave to mothers who are adopting a child below the age of three months and also to commissioning mothers who opt for surrogacy.

 It mandates employers to allow a woman to work from home.

 Organisations which employ more than 30 women (or 50 people, whichever is less) will now have to provide a crèche.

 The mother is allowed to visit the crèche four times during the day.



  • Social security for working mothers.
  • Giving benefit to adoptive mothers and as well as women who get children using embryo transfer signals India is a progressive step.
  • In line with international practice.



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