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Government of India
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Ministry of Labour & Employment
AMENDMENT TO MATERNITY BENEFIT ACT, 1961
The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2008 to provide for (i)
enhancing Medical Bonus from Rs. 250/- to Rs. 1,000/- if no pre-
natal confinement and post-natal care is provided by the employer
free of charge; and (ii) Granting powers to the Central Government
to revise Medical Bonus before three years subject to a maximum of
Rs. 20,000/- has been passed by the Parliament. The Bill has also
received the assent of the President on 1st April, 2008 and has
been published in the Gazette of India on 2nd April, 2008.
This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent
Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Shri Oscar
Fernandes in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.