Why Modi Govt. Matter- Short Story of Delhi Pregnant Women

Originally Posted in Is India really changing under PM Modi?

Let me show you the difference in the sincerity of NDA Govt (under PM Modi) in center Vs AAP Govt in Delhi. What I meant to show you is that how easily-approachable and proactive Modi’s ministers (and Modi himself) are to resolve and address common-man’s grievances, which has never been the case before.

(This is my personal experience of interacting with below mentioned two officials; one is head of a ministry with NDA Govt, and another one is heading DCW, she was handpicked by CM of AAP, Mr Arvind Kejriwal).

Menka Gandhi & Women

Background: My wife was terminated by her employer while she was pregnant. All I wanted to register a formal complaint against her employer as she was denied her maternity benefits and she was constantly pressurized to resign before her termination.

Being a Delhi resident I decided to approach Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and its Chairperson “Swati Maliwal”. I dialed several telephone numbers mentioned on DCW website (011# 23378044/ 23378317/ 23370597), however even after trying for two days, no-one picked those phone.

Nevertheless, I sent a message on Facebook page of DCW on 24-August asking them for help, however I received NO REPLY.

Feeling discouraged, I decided to approach DCW Chairperson “Swati Maliwal” directly on her twitter account as she is quite active on twitter, and dropped her a tweet on 26-Aug, but again I received NO REPLY inspite of one reminder as well.

After being disappointed on facebook and twitter, I wrote a formal complaint against my wife’s employer and sent that complaint to DCW on their E-mail (mentioned in the screenshot below) . However to my utter surprise, I received NO REPLY on mails as well despite several reminders.

After being disappointed by not getting any reply from DCW I was sure that government departments and leaders don’t work at all, and they are good for nothing. However my wife convinced me to try one more time and to write directly to PM Modi, however I decided to write to Maneka Gandhi instead (her being Minister of Women and Child in NDA Govt).

I dropped a tweet to Maneka Gandhi on 5th -September asking her for help; to my biggest surprise I received a reply to my tweet the very next day from Maneka Gandhi herself. My complaint was immediately forwarded to National Commission for Women.

A notice was sent to my wife’s employer to appear for hearing in front of commission, and our complaint was patiently heard. This incident convinced us that this NDA Govt is here to work, and we decided to vote only for Modi govt in each election.

Update 1:

Some folks wanted to know the final outcome of the case, so here it goes. We decided to settle the matter by accepting 12 weeks of salary as maternity benefits (as per Maternity benefit act) and a relieving letter (earlier she was provided a termination letter). More than that her employer wasn’t ready to offer out-of-court. It was supposed to be the best time of our lives, we didn’t want to waste it by roaming around NCW/ labour commissioner offices. Moreover, I had my own professional commitments to take care of. No other penalty/punishment was given to her employer.

Also her employer was Planet PCI Group (Prime Group), a Gurgaon based company. Pathetic employer, never ever join it.

Update 2:

Oh boy, never imagined such a huge support. Thank you folks, and thanks to NCW and Respected Maneka Gandhi..

Ministry of women and child development also acknowledged my story on its fb page.. 🙂

No pregnant women deserves such a bad treatment which my wife faced during her employment at PCI group.. But your support counts a lot to us.