Private firms told to set up panel on harassment

Private firms told to set up panel on harassment

Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has written to industry bodies to ensure setting up of Internal Complaints Committee at work place to deal with complaints of sexual harassment.

The minister has written to various industry bodies including FICCI, CII, Asocham and PHD. In her letter, the minister said that the Ministry has been receiving complaints from women working in the private sector about the absence of such a committee in their organisations. Many Members of Parliament have also personally raised their concern on this issue, she said.

Maneka has also asked them to furnish the compliance on this issue every month so that the Ministry is able to formulate a strategy towards those entities which do not comply with the provisions of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013. The law provides for the constitution of an Internal Complaint Committee by any establishment which has 10 or more employees. This committee is required to examine the complaints/cases of harassment of women at workplace.

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