Henceforth, men employed in the Central government and who are raising children as single parents, will be entitled to child care leave or CCL. This means, men, who are not married, are widowers or raising a child by themselves can avail of this leave.
Any male employee on child care leave will be able to leave the headquarters with prior approval of the competent authority. He will also be allowed to avail the leave travel concession or LTC even if he is on child care leave.
The child care leave may 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.
In case of a disabled child, the condition of availing child care leave up to the age of 22 years of the child has been eliminated. There will be no age restriction from now on.
These changes in leave policies are part of the governance reforms being introduced in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) over the last six years. The objective is to ensure that government employees remain motivated to put in their best at work.
Child Care Leave was usually granted to women employees for a maximum of two years or 730 days, during their entire service, to take care of their children, up to the age of 18.