After Delivering Baby, No Job for Six Months

Published: 21st March 2016 05:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st March 2016 05:23 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Mala (30) works as a domestic help in two houses. When she was pregnant, she delivered at the government hospital and received the State government’s maternity assistance fund which was then Rs 6,000 and has now doubled. Along with health check-ups, baby-care kits and other facilities, she received some timely help.

But with rising cost of living, she is worried for her sister who is to deliver soon. “She will get her Rs 12,000 but with expenses like baby food, diapers and a single income for a few months, how will she manage? She contributes equally to the household income and now she has to be jobless for at least six months,” she rues.

One has to wait for a month or so to receive the money from the State, apart from the generous tips to the staff in-charge to sanction the amount without delay. “For those who are registered with the Welfare Board, they get help from the Maternity Benefit Act. But what about the large number of migrant workers who constitute around 50% of the unorganised workforce?” asks R Geetha, a member of the Unorganised Workers Federation. 

Along with increasing the maternity assistance to Rs 20,000, based on minimum wage for three months and to cover the increasing living costs, another key demand the federation is pitching for is to include unorganised workers like domestic help and construction workers in ESI.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp