New Delhi: While addressing the annual general meeting of the Sikkim State Civil Service Officers’ Association (SSCSOA), Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang announced that the government will provide 12-month maternity leave along with one-month paternity leave to the employees.
During his address, Singh announced upcoming changes in the service rules to provide a new benefit for government employees. He assured me that the specific details of this benefit would be notified shortly. The Chief Minister emphasized that this initiative aimed to support government employees in taking better care of their children and families.
Under the Maternity Benefit Act 1961, a working woman currently has the right to enjoy six months, or 26 weeks, of paid maternity leave. It is noteworthy that the Himalayan state of Sikkim has the lowest population in India, with approximately 6.32 lakh inhabitants.
Acknowledging the crucial role of officers in the state administration, the Chief Minister lauded their significant contributions to Sikkim’s growth and development. He highlighted the efforts made to streamline the promotion process for civil services officers, increasing the number of promotions. In conclusion, he extended his congratulations to all the new IAS and SCS (Sikkim Civil Services) officers and expressed his best wishes for a successful career ahead.