Other Side of Maternity Benefit Bill

The enhancement of paid maternity leave for women in the organised sector to 26 weeks from 12 is a progressive step, one that should lead to closer scrutiny of the difficulties faced by unorganised workers who fall beyond the scope of any worthwhile labour welfare measures. Welcome Step: It is Read More …

Highlights of The Maternity Benefit Bill

A day after the world celebrated the International Women’s Day, the Parliament passed a bill to increase the maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks that will benefit about 1.8 million women in India. The Rajya Sabha had passed the bill in August last year. This measure takes India Read More …

India’s accession to Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

The Ministry of Women and Child Development held a National Consultation to discuss issues related to India’s accession to Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, in New Delhi today.  Addressing the participants, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that a large number of women married to Indians Read More …

Amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has given its approval for amendments in (i) the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Castes of the State of Odisha, and (ii) the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 so as to change name of the Read More …

National Alliance against Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

The Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India is to form a National Alliance against Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation with the aim of developing a comprehensive outreach system to engage parents, schools, communities, NGO partners and local governments (PRIs and ULBs) as well as police and Read More …

Adoption Regulations, 2017 framed by ‘Central Adoption Resource Authority’ (CARA)

Adoption Regulations, 2017 framed by ‘Central Adoption Resource Authority’ (CARA) as mandated under section 68 (c) of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015  has been notified on 4th January 2017  by the Government Press and the Regulations shall be effective from 16 January 2017. The Adoption Regulations, Read More …

Pan-India expansion of Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP)

Government of India is committed to ensure that every woman attains optimal nutritional status – especially from the most vulnerable communities as nutrition constitutes the foundation for human development.  This is all the more important during the period of pregnancy and lactation coupled with wage loss.  A woman’s nutritional status Read More …

Rajya Sabha passes Disabilities Bill

The Rajya Sabha has passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Bill, a move that will significantly impact around 10 crore people with disabilities in the country.  The new Bill will repeal the existing Persons with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. It considers disability Read More …

India Social Development Report 2016

With the objective of bridging the gap between the mainstream social rights activists and disability rights groups, the Council for Social Development released its India Social Development Report 2016, with the theme ‘Disability Rights Perspectives’.  The report has focussed on the theme with the ultimate objective of persuading more and Read More …