NEW DELHI: GoI Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Monday informed that as per the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, it has been made mandatory for the establishments employing 50 or more employees to provide crèche facility, either separately or along with common facilities within a prescribed distance.
The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 is enforced and implemented by the respective state governments in all sectors except in the mines and circus industries.
“Time to time, advisories are issued to state governments for strict enforcement and compliance of the provisions of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. Government does not maintain data of defaulters centrally. Implementation of provisions relating to nursing breaks are also enforced by state governments, except in case of mines and circus, an official release read.