In a key government resolution (GR), the finance department has given sanction to 180 days of maternity leave to women having children through surrogacy. The GR, however, makes it mandatory for the government employee to take the leave at a stretch. The leave will be sanctioned from the date the child is born.
Maharashtra will be the first state in the country where women employees in government jobs can avail up to 180 days’ maternity leave while having a baby through surrogacy.
Until now, these leaves were available only to women giving birth naturally or those who went in for adoption. In the past, women employees who went for surrogacy had to take legal recourse to get their due maternity leaves.
The government will give this leave only once during the service of the employee and only to females who don’t already have a biological or an adopted child. The resolution also says that to accommodate this, the Maharashtra Public service Act is being amended and this leave will also be available to women working in aided schools, colleges and also in agricultural universities.