The Supreme Court of India on 15 April 2014 directed that woman employee of the central government can get an uninterrupted leave for two years for childcare and it includes needs like examination and sickness.
Supreme Court bench comprised of Justice S J Mukhopadhyay and Justice V Gopal Gowda issued this directive by setting aside an order of the Calcutta High Court. Earlier, the Calcutta High Court held that the Central Civil Services (leave) rules did not permit uninterrupted CCL (Childcare Leave) for 730 days.
This bench said that on perusal of circulars and Rule 43-C, it is apparent that a woman government employee having minor children can avail CCL for a maximum period of 730 days i.e. during entire service period for taking care of up to two children.
This order was passed by the Apex Court on a petition filed by Kakali Ghosh, which challenged the decision of the government not to grant her a leave of 730 days for helping her son prepare for examinations.
Civil Appeal Number 4506 of 2014 (arising out of SLP (C) No. 33244 of 2012) in Kakali Ghosh vs. Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration And Ors.