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People’s Congress of Tibet passes New Regulation that Grants Women in the Region One-year Paid Maternity Leave

During the leave, both a woman and her husband should be paid their full salary, according to the regulation

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Lhasa (Tibet), Dec 1, 2016: The People’s Congress of the Tibet has passed a new regulation that grants women in the region a one-year paid maternity leave, it was reported on Thursday.

The regulation passed on Wednesday states that women in Tibet are entitled to a paid maternity leave of 365 days, and their husbands can take one-month leave to help take care of the baby, the Global Times reported.

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During the leave, both a woman and her husband should be paid their full salary, according to the regulation.

Regulations on maternity leave vary from province to province in China.

Tibetans enjoy the most generous welfare, with the length of their maternal leave more than double what people from other provinces or regions enjoy.

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Family planning policies are more relaxed in Tibet as they mostly apply to ethnic Han government employees. Tibetans are not restricted by the policies.

Tibet has a population of 3 million, according to a 2010 census, with at least 90 per cent Tibetans, while the number of Hans was 245,000, accounting for 8 percent. (IANS)

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IMF: Empowering Women Is Smart Economics

IMF says, Getting more women into formal workforce is priority for India

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India must focus as a priority on ensuring that more women work in the formal sector as it continues with labour reforms, according to Ken Kang, the deputy director in International Monetary Fund (IMF) Asia Pacific Department.

While “in recent years India has made very impressive progress in reforms,” he said that “looking ahead there are important policy priorities” and listed three among them.

“One, is to continue improvements in product and labour market reforms with a focus on increasing formal female labour participation to improve the business environment, and reduce complex regulations, but also to address supply bottlenecks, particularly in the agricultural sector and distribution networks,” Kang said at a news conference on Friday in Washington.

As one of India’s major reform achievements, he mentioned the “introduction of flexible inflation targeting and of a statutory monetary policy which has helped to strengthen the monetary policy framework.”

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The Reserve Bank of India Act was amended in 2016, to provide for a Monetary Policy Committee that decides on the interest rate required for achieving the inflation target set by the government in consultation with the bank.

The other achievements include the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the “major recapitalisation plan for the public-sector banks in order to accelerate the work out of nonperforming loans, as well as made some important legal improvements through a new insolvency and bankruptcy law,” Kang said.

“We expect and hope that the reform momentum continues,” he added.

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“We are not saying that India’s structural reform speed will slow down because of elections,” Changyong Rhee, the IMF director of the Asia Pacific Department said.

“What we are saying is that the growth momentum and the structural reform momentum should continue despite the election period. So there is something misquoted,” he added.

On Thursday, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde had said at a news conference on Thursday, according to the IMF transcript: “We have seen and we are seeing — I am not sure that we will be seeing in the next few months given the elections that are coming up — major reforms that we had recommended and advocated for a long time.”  IANS