Maternity Benefits under the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 through the labour department in the years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22- Rajya Sabha QA
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 560
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21.07.2022
MATERNITY BENEFITS UNDER THE MATERNITY BENEFIT (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2017
560. PROF. MANOJ KUMAR JHA:
Will the Minister of Labour and Employment be pleased to state:
(a) the number of construction, mine and factory workers who have received maternity benefits under the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 through the labour department in the years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22; and
(b) the number of creches being run under the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, State-wise and Sector-wise data thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI RAMESWAR TELI)
(a): The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, as amended vide the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, provides inter-alia for paid maternity leave to women workers and creche facility by establishments. The Act is implemented by the Central Government as well as by State Government as appropriate government in their respective spheres which includes establishments engaged as mines, factories and construction.
The maternity benefits are also provided to women workers who are covered under the provisions of Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Act, 1948. Every woman, entitled to the payment of maternity benefit under the Maternity Benefit Act, continues to be covered under this Act until she becomes qualified to claim maternity benefit under the ESI Act, 1948.
The number of women workers who received maternity benefit under ESI Act 1948 during the years 2019-20, 2020-2021 and 2021-22 is as under: –
(b): Data regarding availability of creches, under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, as amended in the year 2017, are not maintained centrally.
Source: Rajya Sabha