Maternity Leave Rules for Government Employees

Maternity Leave Rules

Eligibility for Maternity leave

Maternity leave is admissible to married/unmarried female employees during-

a) Pregnancy: 180 days from 01-09-2008-Admissible only to employees with less than two surviving children.

b) Miscarriage/Abortion (induced or otherwise): Total of 45 days in the entire service excluding any such leave taken prior to 16-06-1994. Admissible irrespective of number of surviving children. Application should be supported by a certificate from a Registered Medical Practitioner for NGOs and from AMA for Gos.


Maternity leave is not debited to the leave account.

It is granted on full pay.

It may be combined with leave of any other kind.

Any leave (including commuted leave upto 60 days and leave not due) may be taken without medical certificate upto two years in continuation.

Counts as service for increments

Counts as service for pension

In the case of officials to whom the provisions of Employees State Insurance Act apply, the leave salary will be reduced by the benefit admissible under the Act for the corresponding period.

Not admissible for ‘threatened abortion’.

Admissible for induced abortion.

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