The central government has approved 60-day special maternity leave for women central government employees in case of stillbirth or death of an infant within a few days of birth.
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions said, “The matter has been considered in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Keeping in view the potential emotional trauma caused due to stillbirth or death of a child soon after birth, which has a far-reaching impact on the mother’s life, it has now been decided to grant a special maternity leave of 60 days to women central government employees in case of death of a child soon after birth/stillbirth”
These directives are effective:
a) To government employees appointed to the civil services.
b) Posts in connection with the affairs of the Union of India.
c) It is applicable by Rule 2 of the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules 1972 with effect from the date of issue of this order.
The following points are covered in the order given:
a) The decision has been taken keeping in view the potential emotional trauma caused due to the stillbirth or death of a child soon after birth, which has a far-reaching impact on the mother’s life.
b) The DoPT said it has been receiving several references/queries requesting clarification pertaining to the grant of leave/maternity leave in case of the death of a child soon after birth/stillbirth.
c) The condition for death of a child soon after birth may be defined as up to 28 days after birth, said the order issued to all central government ministries/departments. A baby born with no signs of life at or after 28 weeks of gestation may be defined as stillbirth.
d) The benefit of special maternity leave shall be admissible only to a female central government servant with less than two surviving children and for child delivery only in an authorized hospital.
In case a maternity leave has already been availed by a female central government servant and her leave continues till the date of expiry of the child soon after birth/stillbirth, the maternity leave already availed till the death of the child may be converted into any other kind of leave available in her leave account without insisting for a medical certificate and a special maternity leave of 60 days may be granted from the date of expiry of the child soon after birth/stillbirth, the DoPT said.