The revised maternity benefit act applies to all people who are not covered by ES I C. The company is liable to pay full maternity benefit gross pay level for a period of 26 weeks, which not more than one month can be before delivery. This means, that post delivery at least five months of paid leave will be applicable to you
Incidentally, ES I C has made similar provisions for those covered under.
There is a clarification on this matter posted on the website of the central government, which you can be seen in find my Google. Take that with you when you speak to HRD
29th July 2017 From India, Mumbai