Pune: Women employees of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) are now entitled to a 180-day special leave for adopting a newborn aged up to 12 months. If a woman employee adopts a baby aged between one year and three years, the employee will be entitle to 90 days special leave.
The PMC Standing Committee approved a proposal in this regard on Wednesday following a State government circular sent to the civic administration for implementing this rule.
Initially, the proposal was moved before the Woman and Child Welfare Committee of the PMC, which forwarded the proposal to the Standing Committee for seeking its approval. According to the proposal, women employees of the PMC will now be entitled to special leave for adopting a newborn aged between one day and 12 months. The proposal also stated that if a woman employee adopts a child between one year and three years of the age, the employee should get a special leave of 90 days.
The special leave of 180 days is applicable to the pre-adoption foster care process. For adopting a baby more than one year old, the special leave will be available only after the completion of the adoption process. After approving the proposal, Standing Committee Chairman Muralidhar Mohol said that for availing the scheme, the beneficiary will have to submit all documents pertaining to the adoption process. “A woman employee, who has only one child, can avail the special leave scheme. However, if the woman employee has more than one child and is availing the scheme for an adopted child, she will not be entitled to the leave,” Mohol said.
Those women employees willing to avail the special leave scheme need to complete two years of their service tenure and those with service tenure less than two years will have to submit a bond to the PMC. Mohol said that the proposal will be forwarded to the General Body for its final nod.