Govt introduces 15-day paternity leave

Bhubaneswar: The state government today announced introduction of 15-day paternity leave for its male employees and extended the period of maternity leave from three months to six months, official sources said.

The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The government introduced the new leave system in order to facilitate parents of new born children, they said. Though the women government employees were earlier entitled to avail 90 days of maternity leave, the facility had been extended to 180 days or six months.

The decision in this regard will be implemented from December 1, officials said. The new child birth related leave was introduced as per the recommendation of the sixth pay commission, they said.