New Delhi: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday said male government employees, who are single parents, will now be entitled to child care leave (CCL).
the minister of state for PMO and Department of Personnel and Training said ‘single male parent’ includes employees who are unmarried, widower or divorcee and may, therefore, be expected to take up the responsibility of caring for a child single-handedly. Hence, they would now be able to avail CCL.
“It is a path-breaking and progressive reform which will bring ease of living for government servants. The orders regarding this had been issued quite some time back but somehow did not receive enough circulation in the public,” the minister said adding that a decision on the matter had been taken by earlier by the department.
Singh further said an employee on CCL may leave the headquarters with prior approval of the authorities. The CCL can be granted at 100 per cent of leave salary for the first 365 days and 80 per cent of leave salary for the next 365 days, he added.