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Maternity Benefit Creche facility
Every establishment having fifty or more employees shall have the facility of creche within such distance as may be prescribed, either separately or along with common facilities:
Provided that the employer shall allow four visits a day to the creche by the woman, which shall also include the interval for rest allowed to her. Every establishment shall intimate in writing and electronically to every woman at the time of her initial appointment regarding every benefit available under the Act. To be provided one separate room namely child care or creche maintained as per the provisions of the act, to be provided children’s playing things like Car, Doll and horse etc.
The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 is enforced and implemented by the respective State Governments in all sectors except in the Mines and Circus Industries. As per the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, it has been made mandatory for the establishments employing 50 or more employees to provide crèche facility, either separately or along with common facilities within a prescribed distance. From time to time, advisories are issued to State Governments for strict enforcement and compliance with the provisions of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. The government does not maintain data of defaulters centrally. Implementation of provisions relating to nursing breaks is also enforced by State Governments, except in the case of mines and circuses.