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Single fathers in defence forces will now be able to avail child care leave

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh accorded an approval to extending the CCL policy to single male service personnel in the defence forces on Saturday
New Delhi: Single male service personnel in the army will now be able to avail the benefits of childcare leave (CCL) as Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh accorded approval to the policy on Saturday. The decision is in line with a previous order by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). Singh has also approved giving certain relaxation in childcare leave provisions in case of women officers in defence forces.

The changes made

Currently, CCL is extended only to women officers in defence forces. However, the DoPT recently made certain amendments to allow CCL to be granted to civilian employees. The CCL granted to women workers till now has also been extended to single male government servants. “The age limit of 22 years prescribed earlier in the case of a child with 40 per cent disability has been removed for the purpose of availing CCL. Further, the minimum period of CCL that can be availed at a time has been reduced to 05 days instead of 15 days,” the defence ministry said. It added that a proposal to extend similar benefits to defence personnel has been approved by Singh.

Age restriction eased

Now, single male service personnel and woman officers of defence forces will also be able to avail CCL in cases where a child is 40 percent disabled without any restriction of age limit. Also, the minimum period of CCL that can be availed in each spell has been reduced to five days from the earlier limit of 15 days.