Aparajita Dasgupta (for Info only, not official)

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    ...The new policy is a welcome move to start with.Such measures are even more crucial as we move away from the extended family system.A recently announced policy seeks to increase paid maternity leave from the existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks.It is a welcome move towards increasing job security of female employees but the law may not be sufficient to fulfil its objectives if it ignores the implications on the broad incentive structure.A policy should not create grounds for employers to associate employing women workers with higher costs.This may exacerbate the trend of diminishing female labour force participation in India.One can argue that without extended maternity leave, young mothers are likely to exit the labour force in order to take care of their children. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 2, 2016, 12:07 a.m.