The Department of Finance, Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) administration, has decided to allow single male employees the benefit of two years of childcare leave, as was earlier extended to women employees.
Henceforth, two years of childcare leave can be availed by widowers as well as unmarried or divorced men employed with the J&K government. The employee on childcare leave will receive full salary for the first year of leave and 80 per cent salary for the second year.
Relevant alterations have been made in the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1979 to this effect. Therefore, the benefit will be applicable to “woman employee and single male employee’ post amendment in the Rules, instead of just ‘woman employee’.
Elsewhere in the country, last month, the Andhra Pradesh government had also announced new benefits for state government employees, basis the recommendations of the 11th Pay Revision Commission.
As per the government order (GO), employees of the state government who adopt a child can take up to 180 days’ leave with full pay, even for the holidays.
The employees can avail these holidays in combination with other holidays.
In case of adopted children less than a month old, the employees can take up to a year’s leave. For adopted child who are six months old or more, employees are allowed to take six to seven months leave.