Opinion | India’s maternity laws need serious tweaking
Shoddy legislation remains the main reason behind India's persistently low female labour force participation rate
India will never put poverty in the museum unless we raise women’s labour force participation. The Maternity Benefit bill last year had its heart in the right place but unintentionally led to higher caution on the part of the employers, leading to lower levels of hiring of women. The government has been responsive to this criticism and proposed some tweaks to the policy. But the proposals need to be braver and bolder.