Labour Department, Government of West Bengal
This benefit also represents periodical payment in case of confinement/miscarriage/medical termination of pregnancy and sickness arising out of pregnancy. The rate of benefit is double the standard benefit rate, which works out to full average wages and more.
The criteria for payment being that an Insured Woman should have worked for 70 days in 2 consecutive contribution periods immediately preceding the date of confinement, expected date of confinement etc.
The maximum period for which this benefit is admissible is 12 weeks, in case of confinement, 6 weeks, in case of mis-carriage. Additional period of one month benefit is also admissible, in case, there is prolongation of sickness arising out of pregnancy/confinement.
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