Women government employees having differently-abled children can now avail of child care leave (CCL) irrespective of the age of the child. Rule 43 C of the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, which permitted CCL in case of a disabled/mentally challenged child upto 22 years of age, has been amended to accommodate “offspring of any age”.
Another amendment made to the child care leave norms was to allow grant of CCL for a period not less than five days at a time, against 15 days at present.
The amended rule allowing women government employees to avail child care leave for their physically and mentally challenged ward of any age is bound to come as a big relief as they need to act as caregivers at all stages in the child’s life.
As per CCL norms, child care leave may be granted for a maximum 730 days during the entire service of a women employee for taking care of up to two children, whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc. CCL is admissible if the child is upto 18 years of age. In case of mentally challenged and differently-abled children, this age limit was earlier 22 years.
CCL may not be granted in more than 3 spells in a calendar year. CCL cannot be sanctioned during probation period except in cases of extreme situations and minimal leave should be sanctioned. LTC cannot be availed during CCL period.