When Virat Kohli decided to take paternity leave for the birth of his first child with actor Anushka Sharma – after playing the first Test in the Down Under series and returning to India from Australia, he felt his absence in the Test series. This opened many debates and discussions about paternity leaves in India, how it is still unpredictable and somewhat submerged, if not taboo. The news has been confirmed in a BCCI press release, “(Virat) Kohli informed BCCI about his plan to return to India after the first Test in Adelaide. The BCCI granted paternity leave to the Indian captain and he will return after the first Test series in Adelaide. “The 32-year-old Indian team captain, who is expecting the birth of her first child in January next year, received an equal amount of praise and cynicism from her fans. While some praised her for being such a wonderful and supportive husband, others thought that she should perform her duty for her country and be in the Test series, some even drew comparisons between her and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Who did not take any paternity leave. For the birth of his daughter, Zeeva.
Virat’s decision to opt out of such an important series led to much debate over the fact that there are no provisions or laws for paternity leave in India.
Paternity Benefit Bill 2017
And although in 2017, the Paternity Benefit Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha, it remains to be passed by Parliament. The bill, supported by Congress MP Rajiv Satava, emphasized that both parents should have equal benefits and responsibilities. In a statement, Rajiv Satava then said, “Child care is a joint responsibility of both parents. They should devote time to the newborn so that it can ensure its proper well-being. “The bill proposes that workers in organized and unorganized sectors can avail paternity leave for 15 days, but may extend up to 3 months.
The Bill also states that, “The maximum period for which any person under the age of two living children shall be entitled to paternity benefit shall be fifteen days in which more than seven days shall be before the expected delivery date. Provided that paternity benefit will be received for three months from the date of delivery. “The bill intends to extend these benefits to adoptive fathers as well as those who have children through a surrogate.
Provision for Central Government Employees, Private sector employees
However, there are provisions for paternity leave in public sector employees as well as civil servants (working under the central government). In 1999, as per a notification under Central Civil Services (Leave) Rule 551 (a), any male central government employee who has less than two children can get 15 days of paternity leave. It can be taken anytime within 15 months to six months from the date of birth of the child or before it. During leave, the employee will receive paid leave pay equal to the salary paid just before going on leave, this also applies under the conditions of adoption.
When it comes to Indian labor law for private sector employees, there is no provision of paternity leave. However, many companies have made provisions over the years and have generally adopted the same model in terms of pay and duration, as provided to public sector employees. Corporate giants such as Facebook, Deloitte and Microsoft provide paternity leave of 17, 16 and 12 weeks to their employees respectively. In fact, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself took a two-month paternity holiday in 2015. But this is Zomato, the food giving app, which has the highest duration for paternity leaves (in India), in which employees get up to 26 weeks to take care of their wife and child. In 2017, Rajiv Satava said that the proposed paternity benefit bill would benefit more than 32 crore men in the private and unorganized sector, especially blue collar jobs. However, India remains one of the 90 countries (out of 187 countries in the world), where there is no national policy for mint leaves.
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