Flipkart offers Rs.50,000 as ‘adoption allowance’

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Mumbai:Online shopping website Flipkart is offering an allowance of Rs 50,000 to its employees who wants to adopt a child. The “adoption allowance”, effective from July 10, can be used towards legal, agency, regulatory costs or any other expenses that may arise during the adoption process, a Flipkart spokesperson told PTI.

According to data from Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), 1,368 children found new homes in the January-March quarter of 2015.The adoption rates have been dismal in the country even though India has one of the largest population of children who are abandoned, deserted or are in institutional care. According to the new policy, Flipkart will allow its female employees adopting a child below the age of 12 months the same benefits as under maternity leave policy, i.e., six months paid leave along with four months of flexible working hours.

For children aged over a year, the employee can avail three months paid leave and four months of flexible working hours, the spokesperson said.The male employees can avail up to six months of paid adoption leave (can be availed within the first six months) and four months of flexible working hours.

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