After denying maternity leave to a medical officer who was working with it on a contract basis, the Delhi Government has finally sanctioned it after the National Human Rights Commission intervened in the matter.

The Commission has also issued a written warning to the Chief District Medical Officer of the Central District for denying maternity leave to the medical officer. Further, the Special Secretary of the Delhi Government’s Health & Family Welfare Department has submitted a report in this regard to the Commission in response to summons issued to him.

The medical officer in her complaint to the Commission had submitted that the Directorate of Health Services denied her maternity leave.

In response to the Commission’s notice, the Director (Health Services), Delhi Government, submitted a report which revealed that the medical officer was granted 12 weeks’ mandatory leave as per the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, only after receiving a notice from the Commission.

  • Medical officer was working on contract basis

  • Principal Secretary asked to appear before the Commission

  • Central District Chief Medical Officer issued a written warning over the issue