Paternity leave in India

Paternity Leave in India

A male Government servant (including an apprentice) with less than two surviving children, may be granted Paternity Leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a period of 15 days, during the up to 15 days before, or up to six months from the date of delivery of the child.

During such period of 15 days, he shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave. The paternity Leave may be combined with leave of any other kind.

The paternity leave shall not be debited against the leave account. If Paternity Leave is not availed of within the period such leave shall be treated as lapsed.

NOTE:- The Paternity Leave shall not normally be refused under any circumstances.

Paternity Leave for Child Adoption:-

A male Government servant (including an apprentice) with less than two surviving children, on valid adoption of a child below the age of one year may be granted Paternity Leave for a period of 15 days within a period of six months from the date of valid adoption.

During such period of 15 days, he shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave. The paternity leave may be combined with leave of any other kind.

The Paternity Leave shall not be debited against the leave account. If Paternity leave is not availed of within the period specified in sub-rule (1) such leave shall be treated as lapsed.

Note:- “Child” for the purpose of this rule will include a child taken as ward by the Government servant, under the Guardians and Wards Act, 1890 or the personal law applicable to that Government servant, provided such a ward lives with the Government servant and is treated as a member of the family and provided such Government servant has, through a special will, conferred upon that ward the same status as that of a natural born child.



Source:- CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES (LEAVE) RULES, 1972 4[43-A,5[43-AA.

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