Expost facto approval given to Maternity Benefits Amendment Bill 2016

Q.  Union Cabinet has approved the Maternity Benefit Amendment Bill 2016. What are its main features?
- Published on 11 Aug 16

a. Increasing maternity benefits from 12-26 weeks for two surviving children and 12 weeks for more than 2 chhildren
b. 12 weeks maternity benefit to commissioning and adopting mother
c. Both of the above
d. Neither of the above

ANSWER: Both of the above
 
Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act 1961 by introducing the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Parliament.
The amendments to Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 are as follows:
  • Increase Maternity Benefit from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for two surviving children and 12 weeks for more than two childern.
  • 12 weeks Maternity Benefit to a 'Commissioning mother' and 'Adopting mother'.

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