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Section 1 – The Maternity Benefits Act, 1961,

The Maternity Benefits Act, 1961


1. Short title, extent and commencement


(1) This Act may be called the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.


(2) It extends to the whole of India 1[* * *]


(3) It shall come into force on such date 2 as may be notified in this behalf in the Official Gazette, –


3[(a) In relation to mines and to any other establishment wherein persons are employed for the exhibition of equestrian, acrobatic and other performances, by the Central Government; and]


(b) In relation to other establishments in a State, by the State Government.




1. The words “except the State of Jammu and Kashmir” omitted by Act 51 of 1970, sec.2 and Schedule (w.e.f. 1-9-1971).


2. Ist November 1963: vide Notification No.S.O. 2920, dated 5th October, 1963, Gazette of India, Pt.II, sec. 3, page 3735.


3. Subs. by Act 52 of 1973, sec.2 (w.e.f. 1-3-1975).



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