SC seeks Centre’s reply plea against Maternity Benefit Act proviso

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New Delhi, Oct 1 | The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Centre on a plea challenging the constitutional validity of a provision of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.

Section 5(4) of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 entitles maternity period benefits for a period of 12 weeks to only those mothers who are adopting a child below the age of three month. The plea contended that the provision was contrary not only to the scheme and object of the Maternity Benefit Act, but also in conflict with the letter and spirit of the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Children Act, 2015.

After hearing arguments, a bench of Justices S.A. Nazeer and Krishna Murari issued notices to the Ministry of Law and Justice, and the Ministry of Women & Child Development.

The plea claimed that Section 5(4) apart from being discriminatory and arbitrary towards the adoptive mothers, also arbitrarily discriminates against orphaned, abandoned, or surrendered children above the age of three months.

The plea filed by Karnataka resident Hamsaanandini Nanduri challenging the constitutional validity of Section 5(4) of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.

The petition argued that purported 12 weeks of maternity benefit to adoptive mothers, when compared with 26 weeks maternity benefit provided to biological mothers, fails to stand even the basic scrutiny of Part III of the Constitution.

Source: IANS

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New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police has ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier L.S. Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B. Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were travelling in the chopper.

Confirming about General Rawat presence, Indian Air Force tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

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The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with 14 others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police have ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Emergency rescue teams have been rushed to the spot.

 Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

Confirming about General Rawat’s presence, Indian Air Force said, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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