Big issues, GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Rajya Sabha on August 11, 2016 by the Minister for Labour and Employment, Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya.  The Bill amends the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. The Bill has been passed by Rajya Sabha. The Act regulates the employment of women during the period of child-birth, and provides… Continue reading Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill

GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Provide loans to women SHGs at 7 per cent: RBI to banks

The Reserve Bank has asked banks to provide loans to women self-help groups (SHGs) at 7% per annum, as per the government’s revised guidelines for 2016-17. All women SHGs are eligible for interest subvention on credit up to Rs 3 lakh at 7% per annum under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission. Details: As per… Continue reading Provide loans to women SHGs at 7 per cent: RBI to banks

Editorials, GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

A tricky debate on abortion

The Hindu The Supreme Court of India recently took a landmark decision to allow a 24-year-old rape survivor to terminate a 24-week pregnancy, as the foetus has abnormalities, and going ahead would severely affect the woman’s health. This is a landmark judgment. It is because after 20 weeks of pregnancy a woman in India is… Continue reading A tricky debate on abortion

GS-2, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Paid maternity leave increased to 6 months

The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961 to increase paid leave for expectant mothers from three months to six and a half months. The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill of 2016 will now be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. Details: The amendment bill seeks to increase maternity leave to 26… Continue reading Paid maternity leave increased to 6 months