The ladies employees of the Central government will soon be able to file sexual harassment complaints online.The choice was taken at a meeting called by Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi today after she got grievances from abused ladies workers from various ministries.
Authorities from Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Railway Ministry, Sports Ministry and Department of Financial Services were available at the meeting.
The e-stage for posting complaints will be facilitated on the Women and Child Development ministry’s site, a senior authority said, including the protests will then be brought up with the separate ministries/departments.
An inter-ministerial committee headed by a senior WCD authority will be constituted to audit the status of the complaints. The discussion will likewise guarantee that every single Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) heads are granted preparing on the best way to determine such complaints, he said.
It has likewise been chosen that the DoPT will issue guidelines to guarantee that preparation programs for all administrations incorporate a module on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 to sharpen the administration staff.
Moreover, the WCD ministry will issue rules for managing with sexual harassment complaints. These will incorporate a month to month and also a yearly report, to be set up by the Internal Complaints Committee of every ministry, on the status of complaints got.
The cadre controlling authority of a victim will be required to monitor her progress for 5 years, in order to ensure that she is not further tormented for complaining against a colleague, the official said.
A similar exercise for the private sector is also on the anvil, he added.
The move comes after a few ladies representatives kept in touch with the WCD service about delay in getting their complaints about inappropriate behavior determined.