The Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Employment organised a day long consultation on the Maternity Benefit Act on the 2nd of July 2013.
NAMHHR convener, Ms. Jashodhara Dasgupta was invited for the event and was requested to make a presentation on “Findings from recent civil society study of IGMSY maternity benefit scheme - Pilot Phase.” The Hon. Minister of WCD was present and NAMHHR policy brief and and study report based on IGMSY findings were shared with her.
The Secretary of WCD showed interest in the presentation and invited Ms. Dasgupta to the WCD department on the 3rd of July to brief her Senior Adviser on the IGMSY recommendations following which NAMHHR convener meet the Adviser. The Adviser was impressed and wanted to follow the MoHFW example of removing the two-child disqualification from their scheme.