Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday said maternity leave for woman government employees would be increased from the present six months to nine, fulfilling her party’s electoral promise.
Unveiling healthcare initiatives worth over Rs 1,400 crore, Jayalalithaa recalled that she had increased the maternity leave to six months from the then previous three months after she assumed office as CM in 2011.
From 1980 to 2011, woman employees were entitled for only 90 days maternity leave, she said in the assembly.
The CM unveiled a slew of healthcare initiatives, which included extension of ongoing schemes, procurement of diagnostic devices like PET Scan, dialysis equipment, setting up of additional infrastructure like Cathlab and construction of buildings.
Jayalalithaa said ongoing healthcare schemes ‘Amma Arogya Plan’, ‘Amma Master Health Check-Up’ and ‘Amma Master Health Check-Up Plan for Women’ would be extended to Coimbatore, Tirunelveli and Madurai Government Medical College hospitals at a cost of Rs 30 crore.
She announced new infrastructure for Chennai-Kilpauk, Madurai and Coimbatore Government Medical College Hosptials at an outlay of Rs 356.5 crore.