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Removing the age limit in availing child care leave

Orders have been issued to remove the age limit for availing of "child care leave."

The General Administration Department has issued an order regarding Public Services - Child Care Leave. This order removes the age limit for all female government employees to avail themselves of the "Child Care Leave" facility. Previously, as per the G.O. 1 referenced above, female employees were allowed to take child care leave for two months, or sixty (60) days, during their entire service. This leave could be used to care for a minor child during rearing, school or college examinations, sickness, etc., under certain conditions. The leave could be granted in no fewer than three spells and was applicable for caring for up to two children under the age of 18 years and for disabled children up to 22 years. Child Care Leave was only granted if the child was dependent on the government servant.

 2.       In the G.O. 2nd read above, Government have enhanced child care  leave facility  from  60  days  to  180  days in the  entire  service  in  respect  of  women employees. Further the same facility is extended to the  "single" male employees (widower/divorcee)".  The conditions mentioned in the read above 1 read above are applicable for availing the Child Care Leave.

 3.        In the GO.  3" read above,  maximum spells to avail the eligible Child Care Leave of  180 days or part of  60 days is modified to that of 10 spells  in entire service.

 4.      In  the representations 4th to 6th read above, the President, AP  Secretariat Association,    the   President,    A. P.    Secretariat   Women   Employees   Welfare Association and the Chairman,  AP  JAC Amaravati  have "requested  to  remove age limit to look after two children for all women employees upto retirement

 Government after  careful  examination of  the  matter,  hereby  remove  the upper age limit and permit all women Government employees to avail prescribed child care leave facility in their service and before retirement to take care of the minor child for rearing or for  looking after  any other  needs  of  the  child during school or college examinations,  sickness etc.,  subject to conditions specified in the G.Os  1 to 3" read above.

 6.      Finance Department  shall issue  necessary  further  orders  in  the  matter accordingly.

 7.       All departments of the A.P. Secretariat, heads of departments, Collectors, District Magistrates, and other competent authorities should take the necessary actions in this matter accordingly."


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