Odisha woman launches campaign for paid leave

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Sambalpur: Keeping in mind Menstrual Hygiene Day on Saturday, Ranjeeta Priyadarshini of Sambalpur launched an online campaign on Wednesday addressing Labor and Employment Minister Bhupender Yadav to offer paid leave to all employees of government and private organizations who have their rules.

A worker in the heavy metal industry, Ranjeeta said: “Women make up almost a third of the workforce in India. One of the least reported reasons is the discomfort of being on the ground during menstruation. I have come across many cases where female workers have suffered during their shifts due to lack of access to toilets, proper toilets and many more.

“I started the ‘SIGN my petition’ online campaign urging the Unioin Department of Labor to implement paid monthly leave with no questions asked for all female workers in the country. According to Article 15 (3) and Article 42 of the Constitution, the state shall create special provisions for women providing fair and humane working conditions,” added Ranjeeta who is currently studying LLM.

At present, 12 companies offer paid leave to employees during their periods. So why can’t this rule be implemented in all government and private offices across the country, she asked.

“I demand respect for myself and for all working women as we are the backbone of our Indian economy,” she said while urging everyone to sign and share the petition widely.

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