Feb 16, 2018

Menstruation Benefits To Women Employees – Union Minister’s Written Reply

There is no such proposal for grant of any menstrual leave or introduction of any legislation in this regard. However, under the centrally sponsored scheme of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), activities such as adolescent health awareness programme for girls, provision of separate toilet blocks for girls as part of schools and installation of incinerator machine and sanitary napkin & vending machine for girls at schools and girl’s hostels are undertaken for general hygiene management. National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed syllabus on health and physical education for classes I-XII as a follow up of National Curriculum Framework, 2005, which provides adequate space for menstrual hygiene.

Ministry of Health and family Welfare is implementing the scheme for Promotion of Menstrual Hygiene for Adolescent Girls residing primarily in rural areas of the country. Adolescent girls are provided with sanitary napkins at subsidized rates by Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA’s) within the community and through the platform of Government and Government aided school. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has also developed National Guidelines on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) which aims to support all adolescent girls and women.
The above information was given by Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Dr.Virendra Kumar in a written reply in Lok Sabha on 9.2.2018.

Up to 25% of a salaried individual’s contribution to the employees’ provident fund (EPF) may go into equities if a plan being considered by the country’s retirement fund manager bears fruit, sources said. Currently, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) invests 15% of contributions in equities and the rest in debt.

Sources said EPFO is considering allowing employees with higher salaries to route 25% of their PF contribution into stocks, while retaining the 15% cap for low-income employees. If the proposal takes effect, this will be a departure from the EPFO’s one-size-fits-all policy for investing retirement savings of millions of subscribers.

The rethink comes as provident fund subscribers are seeking better returns even as returns from debt investments remain low. The move, if its goes through, will also help EPFO take on competition from the National Pension System, which allows subscribers to invest up to 50% of their savings in equities.