A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday served a legal notice on the government to take necessary steps in 15 days to remove discrimination in public and private sectors regarding maternity leave. The notice also included the demand of enhancing this leave period from six months to one year.
Md JR Khan Robin sent the legal notice on behalf of lawyer Shammi Akhter to the respondents saying that if they don’t take steps to dispel the discrimination in public and private sectors regarding maternity leave in 15 days, appropriate legal action will be taken against them.
Secretaries to the cabinet division, ministries of public administration, health, and women, as well as legislative and parliamentary affairs division under law ministry have been made respondents to the legal notice.
JR Khan Robin said in the legal notice that the government has increased the maternity leave period of government service holders from four months to six months by amending rule 197(1) of the Bangladesh Service Rules in 2011, which is highly inadequate especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.