In a major policy decision, West Bengal Government has decided to allow paternity-cum-child care leave of 30 days for its male employees which can be availed either during child birth or until their children turn 18.Announcing this at the State Secretariat Nabanna, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting to enable male employees to discharge their parental responsibilities. The state government had earlier allowed maternity leave for 180 days and child care leave for 730 days to female employees of the state government and Panchayat Raj, besides other local bodies, boards, corporations, undertakings, companies, state aided universities, sponsored and non-government aided schools and colleges, Banerjee said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The scheme would be implemented with immediate effect, she added.

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Mamata Banerjee decides to allow 30 days child care leave to male govt employees