29, December 2016

1.Fresh guidelines on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 issued by DoPT

Source: PIB

The Minister for Women and Child Development, implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

  • During the meeting, some cases of sexual harassment pending with certain ministries/ departments were also examined.
  • On the basis of the discussions, it was decided that DoPT will issue fresh instructions so that some of the issues can be suitably addressed.

Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013

  • The Act seeks to cover all women, irrespective of their age or employment status and protect them against sexual harassment at all workplaces both in public and private sector, whether organized or unorganized.
  • The Act envisages mechanism in the form of Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and Local Complaints Committee (LCC).
  • All workplaces employing 10 or more than 10 workers are mandated under the Act to constitute an ICC. Complaints from workplaces employing less than 10 workers or when the complaint is against the employer will be looked into by the LCC.
  • The Act casts a responsibility on every employer to create an environment which is free from sexual harassment. Under it employers are required to organize workshops and awareness programmes at regular intervals for sensitizing the employees about the provision of this legislation.

Observed by the ministries/departments and Internal Complaints Committees:

  1. Brief details of the implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act including the number of cases received and disposed shall form a part of the Annual Report of all ministries/ departments and authorities there under.
  2. The enquiry of cases must be completed within 30 days and under any circumstances within 90 days from the date of the complaint.
  3. The ministries/ departments etc. have to keep a watch on the complainant so as to ensure that she is not victimized in any manner because of her having filed the complaint.
  • The aggrieved woman has been given further option to send representation to the Secretary or head of the organization in case she feels that she is being victimized because of her complaint. The concerned authority will be required to dispose of this complaint within 15 days.
  1. All ministries/ departments etc. are now required to submit a monthly progress report to the Ministry of Women and Child Development so that the progress can be monitored.

while appreciating DoPT for having quickly issued the guidelines, stated that the WCD Ministry shall continue to work on issues related to sexual harassment of women at workplace.

The WCD Ministry will be coming out with a comprehensive plan to train the heads of Internal Complaint Committee under the Central Government Ministries/ Departments, the Minister added.

2.Hathkargha Samvardan Sahayata (HSS)

Source: PIB

On the occasion of 2nd National Handloom Day celebrated in Varanasi on 7th August 2016, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles announced “Hathkargha Samvardhan Sahayata” to meet the needs of the handloom weavers for assistance for looms and accessories on larger scale with an objective to improve quality of fabric and productivity.

Hathkargha Samvardhan Sahayata

  1. To meet the needs of the handloom weavers for assistance for looms and accessories on larger scale with an objective to improve quality of fabric and productivity.
  2. HSS aims to improve earnings of the handlooms weavers.
  3. For implementation of HSS, Weavers’ Service Centre concerned will play a lead role, including in selection of weavers, arranging camps of empaneled suppliers etc.


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