Providing a major relief to mid-day-meal (MDM) workers and other staff, the Punjab government has given its nod to provide them maternity leave benefits in accordance with the Maternity Benefit Act.
While confirming the development, Punjab School education minister Vijay Inder Singla said that mid-day-meal is purely government funded scheme and all female employees under this scheme will be eligible to avail the benefits of maternity leave. The cabinet minister said that though the nod has been given by the government but the beneficiary employees will remain bound by the conditions and guidelines so issued by the union or state government from time to time.
Singla said that government schools have witnessed around 15 percent increase in registrations. He added that amidst the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the government school teachers were regularly taking online classes of students with the help of the internet. He said that the school education department has also been broadcasting classes with the help of TV channels including Doordarshan. He said that apart from online classes, the department has also launched several online competitions and students were regularly being encouraged for active participation.