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Childcare leave

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: TH


Context: The Supreme Court declared that denying childcare leaves to mothers of children with disabilities violates the state’s constitutional duty to ensure gender equality in the workforce.

  • The court emphasized that women’s participation in the workforce is a constitutional requirement under Article 15, and denying childcare leaves could force them to quit their jobs, especially if they have children with special needs.
  • The court also involved the Central Government in the case and ordered the state to reconsider childcare leave policies in line with the RPWD Act.Top of Form


Rule 43-C of the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 provides for 2 years (730 days) of CCL to female employees with children under 18 years of age to look after their kids.

There’s no age limit in case of disabled child.