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Minister for Labor & Human Resources present report on increasing the maternity leave

Posted on :15 May 2017

The Minister for Labor & Human Resources presented a report on the implementation status of increasing the maternity leave for women working in corporations and private sector. The report was presented as per the resolution of the 8th Session of the Second Parliament.


Presenting the report, the Minister informed that as per the resolution of the House, a six member committee was formed comprising of representatives from the Ministry, Bhutan Chamber for Commerce & Industries, Druk Holding & Investments, National Commission for Women & Children, Civil Society Organizations and the Finance Ministry. He reported that the committee had recommended continuing creating awareness on the importance of breast feeding in the private sector and corporations in order to increase the maternity leave. The committee had also recommended increasing the paternity leave from five to ten days.


The Minister further reported that since the passing of the resolution of the House on the importance to increase the maternity leave, a total of four corporations have decided to increase the maternity leave to six months. Similarly, 116 various corporations and companies in the private sector have increased the maternity leave to three months thus far.  It was also reported that a total of ten crèche have been introduced in various offices for the benefit of the children and employees alike.


Deliberating on the report, the Members highlighted on the importance of exclusive breast feeding up to six months for healthy and able future citizens. However, some of the Members submitted that the policy pertaining to the maternity leave has to be same throughout the Bhutanese social spectrum. On the other hand, some argued that the objective was to increase the maternity leave for all working women in the country and introduction of six months maternity leave in civil service was the first step towards achieving that objective.


The House subsequently resolved that the government, private sectors and corporations should continue to emphasize on increasing the maternity leave as per the National Feeding Policy. Furthermore, it was resolved that the government should continue to increase awareness on the importance of exclusive breast feeding for six months.



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