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Grant of Child Adoption Leave to Women Service Officers in Defence Forces and

Paternity Leave to Defence Forces Male Service Personnel during Birth as well as on Adoption of a Child


Leave to a female member of Service on adoption of child —  A female member of the Service with less than two surviving children, on valid adoption of a child below the age of one year, may be granted child adoption leave for a period of 180 days immediately after the date of valid adoption, on the lines of maternity leave admissible to natural mothers. This facility will be uniformly applicable to PC as well as SSC women officers. The conditions for grant of leave will be as under :- 


(1) Child adoption leave shall not be admissible where such member is already having two or more surviving children at the time of such adoption.
(2)  During the period of child adoption leave, such member shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.
(3)  Child adoption leave can be combined with leave of any other kind. 

(4)  This may be combined with annual leave and furlough on a sliding scale depending upon the age of the child on the date of adoption without taking into account Child Adoption Leave as in the following illustrations:-

a) if the age of the adopted child is less than nine months, the maximum period of four months ( two months annual leave and two months furlough as authorized in extant leave rules) may be allowed.

b) if the age of the child is nine months and above but less than twelve months, leave upto three months ( annual leave and furlough as authorized in extant leave rules) may be allowed.

(5) Child adoption leave shall not be debited against the leave account. The leave shall be granted in a single spell.


Paternity leave on Birth of a Child—(1) A male member of the Service (including a probationer) with less than two surviving children, may be granted paternity leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a period of 15 days, during the confinement of his wife for childbirth, i.e. up to 15 days before, or up to six months from the date of delivery of the child.

(2) During such period of 15 days, he shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

(3) The paternity leave may be combined with leave of any other kind.

(4) The paternity leave shall not be debited against the leave account.

(5) If paternity leave is not availed of within the period specified in subrule (1), such leave shall be treated as lapsed.
Note:- The paternity leave shall not normally be refused under any circumstances.


Paternity leave for child adoption—(1) A male member of the Service (including a probationer) with less than two surviving children, on valid adoption of a child below the age of one year, may be granted Paternity Leave by the competent authority for a period of 15 days, within a period of six months from the date of such adoption: Provided that such leave shall not be refused under any circumstances.​

​(2) During the period of Paternity Leave, such member shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

(3) The Paternity Leave may be combined with leave of any other kind.

(4) The Paternity Leave shall not be debited against the leave account.

(5) If Paternity Leave is not availed within the period specified in sub-rule (1), such leave shall be treated as having lapsed.