TN grants 9-month maternity leave for women govt employees

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced thatr maternity leave for women government employees will be increased from the present six months to nine, fulfilling her party’s electoral promise. Unveiling healthcare initiatives worth over Rs 1,400 crore, Jayalalithaa recalled that she had increased the maternity leave to six months after she assumed office as Chief Minister in 2011 from the then previous three months. From 1980 to 2011, women employees were entitled for only 90 days maternity leave, she said in the Assembly. She told the House in a suo motu statement that the AIADMK was only fulfilling its electoral promise.

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