When she was pregnant in 2017, Rakhi, along with six other teachers, had filed an appeal seeking maternity leave for six months.
The Kerala government has issued a notification to bring in the private educational sector within the ambit of Maternity Benefit Act, becoming the first state in the country to do so.
Under the scheme, pregnant woman and lactating mothers, are entitled to receive Rs 5,000.
No maternal deaths have been reported here over the last two years - a giant step forward for a place where maternal mortality was double the national average.
An amendment seeks to bring teachers as well as other employees of unaided educational institutions under the purview of the Maternity Benefits Act of 1961.
Employees covered under the law can avail 26 weeks’ maternity leave with salary.
The policy also guarantees a contract extension in the following year, in line with the contractual arrangements of the players.
The rules section of the department had earlier given reports in favour of the teachers against whom complaints were raised over unfair use of leaves.
The Kerala government has issued an order asking the teachers to pay back the salary and other allowances they availed during such 'fake' maternity leaves.
The governing body of Aditi Mahavidyalaya had adopted a resolution in July for extending the benefits of paid maternity leave to ad-hoc teachers and contractual staff of the college.