Q. With reference to Maternity Benefits Act 2017, consider the following statements:
1.It covers women from both organized and unorganized sector.
2.It also provides 12 weeks paternity leave.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: D

Statement 1 is incorrect: The amended law covers only women in the organised work sector i.e only 1.8 million women, a small subset of women in the workforce. It ignores roughly 90% of the Indian women who are employed in the unorganised sector i.e shops, small service providers and cottage industries, in households as domestic helps etc.

Statement 2 is incorrect: The bill does not have any provisions for paternity leave.

Source: The motherhood penalty employers must eliminate