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Maternity entitlements are neglected in states like Jharkhand, M.P. and U.P., reveals JABS survey (2019)

The National Food Security Act 2013 guarantees maternity benefit to the tune of Rs. 6,000/- per child by the Central Government for pregnant women and lactating mothers, barring those who are already availing such benefits while being in regular employment with the Central Government or State Governments or Public Sector Undertakings or under other laws. The NFSA 2013 also legally guarantees free meal for every pregnant woman and lactating mother...

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A woman’s place should be outside the home, too -Neetha N

-The Indian Express Acknowledging the burden of Housework on women is welcome. But more needs to be done to address their exclusion from employment. At a time when four states and the UT of Puducherry are heading for elections, Housework and recognising those who do it have become topics of public discourse. In the poll-bound states in south India, Housework has figured in manifestos. In Kerala, the ruling Left government has promised...

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Recognising Housework: Is paying the only way? -Soumya Kapoor Mehta and Sona Mitra

-Hindustan Times While it is a welcome attempt to provide worth to Housework, steps to reduce and redistribute such work are perhaps more important than asking for women’s unpaid work to be monetised, even notionally. They are important to ensure women’s rights and a sense of social justice. In January, the Supreme Court directed an insurance company to pay a higher claim amount by taking into account the unpaid work performed by...

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Removing the creases in Housework valuation -Faizan Mustafa

-The Hindu The work women perform for the family should be valued equally with men’s work during the continuance of marriage “The wife owes service and labor to her husband as much and as absolutely as the slave does to his master. This grates harshly upon the ears of Christendom; but it is made palpably and practically true all through our statute books, despite the poetic fancy which views woman as elevated...

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A nod to recognising the value of Housework -Kalpana Karunakaran

-The Hindu This is an agenda all political parties, and not just the Makkal Needhi Maiam, could incorporate in their manifestos In the context of the forthcoming State Assembly election in Tamil Nadu, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), led by veteran actor Kamal Haasan, has made an eye-catching election promise that is evidently targeted at a large constituency of voters — women who are full-time homemakers. The party has promised to recognise...

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