This Children’s Bill is here in the hope that our children, as successors to the nation, may enjoy a process of optimal growth and development.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Maternal and Child Welfare (KIA) Bill aims to create superior human resources in Indonesia, House Speaker Puan Maharani has said.
“We hope that the Maternal and Child Welfare Bill, which is on the 2022 priority list of the National Legislative Program, will soon be completed. This bill is important for (developing) the (great) Indonesian generation” , Maharani said in a statement. statement here on Monday.
She released the statement in response to a decision by the Legislative Body in the House of Representatives (DPR) on June 9, 2022, on continuing to discuss the bill with the government.
The Maternal and Child Welfare Bill focuses on a child’s golden age, a crucial period in a child’s growth and development, which is often associated with the first 1,000 days of life. as a determinant of the child’s future, she said.
Thus, the bill emphasizes the importance of managing the well-being of mothers and children in a directed, integrated and sustainable manner.
“It must be a collective effort by central government, regional governments and the community to meet the basic needs of mothers and children,” she added.
The Speaker of the House then listed a number of fundamental rights of mothers, including the right to obtain health services, to benefit from health insurance during pregnancy and to receive special treatment and facilities in establishments. and public infrastructure.
They should also enjoy a sense of security and comfort as well as protection from all forms of violence and discrimination, including in the workplace.
If something goes wrong in the first 1,000 days of life, it will impact children, Maharani pointed out. If these crucial days are not filled with proper care, there is concern that children will not grow and develop well, and their intelligence will not be optimal.
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“This MCH Bill is here in the hope that our children, as the successors of the nation, can obtain a process of optimal growth and development. It is the duty of the state to ensure that the next generation become (capable) human resources that can make this nation even more,” she said.
She stressed that mothers, including those who work, must have enough time to give breast milk to their children.
“Working mothers should have enough time to produce (supply) breast milk during working hours,” she added.
“The MCH Bill also stipulates at least six months maternity leave and (mothers) cannot be made redundant. In addition, mothers who are on maternity leave must continue to receive salaries from corporate social security and corporate social responsibility funds,” she added.
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She indicated that maternity leave was previously regulated by Labor Law No. 13 of 2003, which fixed its duration at only three months. However, in the SMI bill, the maternity leave period has been extended to six months, with a rest period of 1.5 months for working mothers who miscarry.
Maharani also said the bill stipulates the salary of mothers on maternity leave. During the first three months of the leave period, they will receive full salary and from the fourth month they will receive 70% of their salary.
Rearranging the period of maternity leave is important to ensure the growth and development of children as well as the recovery of mothers after childbirth.
Maharani said she expects the government to commit to supporting the bill’s regulations for the future of the country’s next generation.
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