Crèche facility at Parliament House soon
The Parliament House will soon be setting an example of an inclusive and supportive work environment for its women employees by establishing crèche facility on its premises.
It was in March last year that Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi apprised Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan about the need of having a crèche at Parliament. In her letter, Ms Gandhi pointed out that since over one-third of the total number of officials working in the Parliament were women, provision of creche facility was crucial.
The provisions under the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 state that a healthy workplace diversity is to be maintained and directs establishments to provide crèche facility.
A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as per the laid guidelines will be followed while accepting the employees’ request for Crèche registrations. The 1500 sq-foot centre will be guarded by professionals, ensuring all-round development of children and will also have a separate feeding room to aid mothers.
This significant development by government will bring in a visible impact by pushing other private establishments, central and state owned organisations to set up a crèche facility, to aid mothers.