The civic body has given all its women employees a tempting offer to encourage them to adopt children.
Those who adopt a child will get six months of paid leave.
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to double the number of adoption leave days for these women employees. Earlier, the number of days was 90 (three months). They will be paid leaves and valid from the date of taking actual possession of a child, said civic officials.
Civic sources said as per clause 170(A) in BMC rules, women employees were offered an adoption leave of 90 days. Since the BMC rules are normally based on the state government’s civic services rules, the proposal was kept in abeyance, because the state government has not yet taken a decision to increase adoption leave days.
However, the Centre has already decided to increase the adoption leave limit from 135 to 180 days for adopting a child up to one year. Based on this, the BMC has now decided to double the 90 days limit to 180. The proposal was approved on Thursday in the civic law committee.
According to the proposal, more than two children cannot be adopted.
A senior civic official from the civic body said the decision to increase the adoption leave is as per the sixth pay commission recommendations.
“The number of women employees adopting a child is negligible and we hope it will improve in the BMC after this,” the official said.
The BMC has 1.2 lakh employees of which there are at least 30% are women.
Law committee chairman Raja Chougule said, “There has been a growing trend among people to adopt kids by increasing the adoption leave days. We aim to encourage women employees to adopt children. There are hundreds of orphans, who have to live a difficult life because of the absence of parents. The proposal will also prove to be a ray of hope for them.”