As the Maternity leave bill was passed in Rajya Sabha recently, the clamour for enhanced paternity leave grew stronger.
However, WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi paternity leave would be just a holiday for men and majority won’t do anything.
Talking to Indian Express, she said,”Paternity leave can be considered only if, once the woman goes back to work after her 26 weeks of leave, we find that men are availing their sick leave for a month to take care of the child. Let me see how many men do that. I will be happy to give it but for a man, it will be just a holiday, he won’t do anything.”
She further said she will moot for the paternity leave only when she finds some assurance from men.
“If men gave me one iota of hope by taking sick leave for child care, then yes, we can think of mooting a proposal for paternity leave,” Maneka said.
The minister was behind the increase in the period of leave for new mothers from the existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks in the organised sector.