Maternity leave: Maneka receives queries from expectant parents

New Delhi: Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi's inbox was flooded with over 200 e-mails from curious and expectant parents a day after Rajya Sabha revised the maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.

Women at various stages of pregnancy, expectant fathers and adoptive mothers were among those who wrote to the minister to find out if they will be benefit from the passage of the Bill passed by the Upper House last week.

Maternity Benefit Amendment Bill 2016 was passed in Rajya Sabha on the penultimate day of the Monsoon Session. The following day, the last day of the session, the Bill was not scheduled listed in the Lok Sabha's order paper.

Maneka Gandhi expressed her dismay and told PTI, "To our utter disappointment and much irritation the Bill did not come into Lok Sabha. So, now we will have to wait for Winter Session."

Meanwhile, parents started writing to the minister inquiring about the bill and voicing their concerns.