Ggn administration forms panel to check sexual harassment at workplaces

In order to keep a check on the rising number of cases of sexual harassment at workplaces, Gurgaon District Administration formed a local committee on Friday. The committee will ensure that all organisations, including factories, educational institutions and offices have an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to deal with the issue.

According to the new guidelines, set as per the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act, 2013, every organisation with a minimum of ten employees, even if there are no women, will have to form an ICC at the earliest. 

These ICCs will frame a policy for sexual harassment at the work place and modify the service rules accordingly. These ICC members will also be undergoing a technical and legal training, providing awareness to all the employees about the provisions of the law by conducting seminars on regular basis. Besides this, the ICCs will file an annual report that will be submitted to the Local Complaints Committee (LCC) that will be supervised by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Gurgaon. Notably, the LCC had sent notices to 4,000 organisations out of which only 400 responded.

Also, if the complainant is not satisfied with the proceedings of the ICC, she can file a complaint with LCC too. In case of non-compliance, a penalty of Rs 50,000 will be levied on the employer.

“An ICC will have at least four members, and the presiding officer will be a woman and otherwise more than 50 per cent members should be females. There will be one external member from a non-governmental organisation,” said Vinay Pratap Singh, ADC Gurgaon.

“The committee will conduct hearings on every Wednesday and Friday, however, in case of a serious matter, the hearing can be conducted daily too. Basically, we will resolve the matter within 90 days,” said Anuradha Sharma, chairman of LCC.

Phone numbers and email addresses of the ICC members will be displayed in the organisation’s notice board to ensure that every employee can contact them.
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