More leave for them, more work for us!When our daughter was born, my wife got maternity leave for 90 days and I got paternity leave for 15 days. My the then boss sanctioned my leave with tremendous reluctance. I still remember that during these 15 days, I was called by the office for at least 5 days for handling 'urgent work'. Later the maternity leave for ladies was increased to 135 days. In the current Budget session of the Parliament, a Bill is going to be passed to make it (maternity leave) 180 days all over India.
In addition, in Government offices, lady employees can take Child Care Leave (CCL) for total 730 days during their entire service. This provision has come into existence since VIth Central Pay Commission. The lady employees, irrespective of their rank and position,, are taking CCL without bothering about the pending work.
Today I have read a news report which states that Italy is going to be the first western country to offer paid menstrual leave to working women. Without any doubt, the feminist movement leaders would demand this leave in India and this type of leave will also come into force in India very soon.
We, the male employees, have to do the pending work of our female colleagues during their long leave. There is no question of substitutes. If the leave which the ladies will avail in future (as I foresee), the workload on us will increase further.
This means: More leave for them, more work for us!