To promote gender diversity across all management levels, Tata Teleservices has decided to increased its maternity leave policy, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Times of India report said Tata Teleservices will give six months paid leave and an additional six months of half day halfpay option to its women workforce.

Various organisations in the country are now extending additional benefits to working mothers to ease getting back to work after pregnancy and help them establish a work-life balance and that includes women who opt for adoption and surrogacy options to raise children.

As per Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, a working woman is entitled for 12 weeks of maternity leave, out of which six weeks are before the expected date of delivery