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Big Decision by Defense Minister: extended Maternity Leave & more for All Women Soldier

November 6, 2023 8:48 AM IST

defence ministry | Rajnath Singh

On Sunday, India’s Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh, announced a significant decision that will impact women in the armed forces, sailors, and airmen equally. The decision extends maternity leave, childcare provisions, and other crucial benefits to all women soldiers across various ranks.
 
This decision aligns with the government’s commitment to empowering women and promoting gender equality, reflecting a pivotal change in the rules governing maternity leave, childcare, and associated rights for female personnel within the armed forces.
 
Under the new rules, women in all ranks of the armed forces, including the Army, Navy, and Air Force, will be granted maternity leave on par with their civilian counterparts. This entails benefits such as maternity leave, provisions for childcare, and child rearing.
     
Rajnath Singh emphasized that this decision is aimed at enhancing the involvement of women in the armed forces and is a testament to the government’s dedication to women’s empowerment.
 
The move acknowledges the exceptional dedication, hard work, and sacrifices made by women serving in India’s armed forces. It ensures that women in these roles have the same privileges as their civilian counterparts while providing for their unique requirements.
 
This decision is expected to improve the working conditions of women in the armed forces and enable them to maintain a better balance between their professional and family lives.
 
The recruitment of women in the armed forces has seen significant changes in recent years, from being deployed on the world’s highest battlefield, Siachen, to serving on warships and aircraft. The government’s commitment to empowering women has paved the way for women to serve in various capacities, contributing to the nation’s strength and resilience.
 
This momentous decision emphasizes the government’s dedication to gender equality and women’s empowerment while recognizing the remarkable courage and dedication displayed by women in the armed forces across various domains. It is a significant step forward in promoting diversity and inclusivity in one of the most critical sectors of the nation.

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