Indore : Denied leave to look after her two-year-old child, a government doctor Gouri Rai filed a PIL before Indore bench of MP High Court stating that the government have not implemented child care leave mandated under the sixth pay commission.

On her PIL, the court issued notices to state government, department of health and family welfare, department of general administration, department of women and child development, state women commission and state human rights commission.

Dr Rai counsel said that the Supreme Court hearing a case had directed to give two years of uninterrupted leave to women employee for child care in addition to six month maternity leave.

Following the directives, the Central government under sixth pay commission introduced paid leave for two years for taking care of child and directed the state government to implement it. But Madhya Pradesh government refused to implement it saying women are already getting six month maternity leave and there is no need for granting two-years more leave for child care.

Terming the state government move unfortunate, Dr Rai said “From chief minister Shivraj Singh who is running several welfare programme for women, it wasn’t expected that he would deny child care leave to female employees.”

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