Raksha Mantri has approved extension of benefits of Child Care Leave (CCL) to single male service personnel and certain relaxations of CCL provisions in case of woman officers of defence forces. Presently, CCL is being granted to woman officers in defence forces. Further, the minimum period of CCL that can be availed in each spell has been reduced to five days from the earlier limit of 15 days. Recently, DoPT had made certain amendments for grant of CCL to civilian employees, whereby the CCL granted to woman employees till now has been extended to single male government servants also. The age limit of 22 years prescribed earlier in the case of a child with 40% disability has been removed for the purpose of availing CCL. Further, the minimum period of CCL that can be availed at a time has been reduced to 05 days instead of 15 days.
GOVERNMENT FOR PROMOTING PRIVATE INDUSTRY INVESTMENT IN DEFENCE SECTOR
Addressing CEOs of top Defence and Aerospace companies at a roundtable on the theme ‘Make in India in Defence Industry’, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh emphasised that defence companies have huge opportunities in contributing to domestic market in addition to exports. In his address, he informed all that the strategic partnership model had been notified to establish defence manufacturing infrastructure and supply chain through which Indian companies could choose a partner through a competitive and transparent process. He further added that FDI policy in defence sector has been liberalised. Ministry of Defence has set up an end-to-end offset processing portal through which proposals of value US$ 1.5 billion have been processed. Entry barriers for MSMEs has been also reduced. While highlighting various measures initiated by the government to encourage defence exports, Shri Rajnath Singh urged the industry to work towards increasing exports to friendly countries.