Child care leave was introduced by Govt to all women employees in Office Memorandum No: 13018/2/2008-Estt.(L) dt 29.09.08 consequent on implementation of Sixth Pay Commission report.
Government also issued various clarifications on Child care leave. Those are
Child Care Clarification – Office Memorandum No: 13018/2//2008-Estt (L) dt 18.11.2008. Click here to download
Child Care Clarification – 2 Office Memorandum No: 13018/2//2008-Estt (L) dt 02.12.2008. Click here to download
Child Care Clarification – 3 Office Memorandum No: 13018/1//2010-Estt (L) dt 07.09.2010. Click here to download
Now following clarifications based on doubts raised from various quarters have been issued by DOPT.
1. Whether Earned Leave availed for any purpose can be converted into Child Care Leave? How should applications where the purpose of availing leave has been indicated as 'Urgent Work' but the applicant claims to have utilized the leave for taking care of the needs of the child, be treated?
Ans: Child Care Leave is sanctioned to women employees having minor children, for rearing or for looking after their needs like examination, sickness etc. Hence Earned Leave availed specifically for this purpose only should be converted.
2. Whether all Earned Leave availed irrespective of number of days i.e.less than 15 days, and number of spells can be converted? In cases where the CCL spills over to the next year (for example 30 days CCL from 27thDecember), whether the Leave should be treated as one spell or two spells'?
Ans: No. As the instructions contained in the OM dated 7.9.2010 has been given retrospective effect, all the conditions specified in the OM would have to be fulfilled for conversion of the Earned Leave into Child Care Leave. In cases where the leave spills over to the next year, it may be treated as one spell against the year in which the leave commences.
3. Whether those who have availcd Child care leave for more than 3 spells with less than 15 days can avail further Child Care Leave for the remaining period of the current year?
Ans: No. As per the OM of even number dated 7.9.2010, Child Care Leave can not be granted in more than 3 spells. Hence CCL may not be allowed for more than 3 times irrespective of the number of day or times Child Care Leave has been availed earlier. Past cases may not be reopened.
4. Whether LTC can be availed during Child Care Leave?
Ans: LTC cannot be availed during Child Care Lcave as Child Care Leave is granted for the specific purpose of taking care of a minor child for rearing or for looking after any other needs of the child during examination, sickness etc.
For more details read this Office Memorandum No. 13018/1/2010-Estt. (Leave) dated 30.12.2010