Now in Bangladesh, fathers (service holders) will be getting fixed 15 days paternity leave. That proposal was taken on last year. Deputy Commissioner of Tangail District Md. Mahbub Hosen was proposed at the DC (Deputy Commissioner) conference.


Paternity Leave In Bangladesh

He said that mothers (service holders) are obtaining continuous 6 months of maternity leave. Service holder fathers are not acquiring paternity leave. But they badly need this leave to take care of a newborn baby & mother. So 15 Days Paternity Leave should be fixed In Bangladesh. This 15 Days Paternity Leave Fixed Bangladesh proposal was granted from the Prime Minister Office.


Paternity Leave Rules In Bangladesh

A mother usually bears the main responsibility of childcare work in family life. Father’s also a duty to take care of both mother and child. Fathers play a crucial role in the development of their children. The latest research indicates that fathers who are actively involved in raising their children can make a positive and lasting difference in their lives. So the father has also responsibility for childcare parallel to the mother. If a woman employee becomes pregnant while in employment, she is entitled to take maternity leave. Under Article 4(1) of Maternity Protection Convention, 2000, ensure the period of maternity leave of not less than 14 weeks. Rule 197(1) of the Bangladesh Service Rules (as amended 9 January 2011) provides for female Government servants six months and the Bangladesh Labour Act, 2006 section 46, provides for a female worker’s 16 weeks maternity leave. Though paternity leave is not a new concept Bangladesh has no paternity leave opportunity for its male employees or workers.


Paternity Leave Policy In Bangladesh

Before 2010, service holder mothers were getting 4 months of maternity leave. But from 2010 they were getting 6 months of maternity leave. Our neighbours’ country India & Pakistan people are getting paternity leave. But in Bangladesh, this leave is not allowed.


In previous times, Bangladesh used to live with a joint family. In a joint family, members are more so they can take care of a newborn baby & mother very smoothly. But now maximum families are single. They don’t have any other family members. So to take care of a newborn baby & mother, fathers are badly needed this leave.


Public Administration officers are informed about this proposal. Now governments are examining this proposal & next time notification will be issued by the government.