Delhi govt to form a panel to look into sexual harassment complaints at workplaces
The Delhi Government, lead by Honorable Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said, “Delhi government will form a five-member committee to monitor prevention of sexual harassment of women at the workplace”
The decision is announced by Delhi Women and Child Development Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, he said “the panel will include members from the government, NGOs and civil society”
The decision was taken after the minister chaired a review meeting on implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
The meeting was attended by senior officers of the Department of Women and Child Development. “Gautam directed the Department of Women and Child Development to constitute a five-member committee to overview and monitor the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the composition may include some representatives from government, Non-Government Organisation (NGO) sector, and civil society,” the statement said.
“The minister also instructed that a meeting should be convened through video conferencing with government department heads, in the first phase, in order to have an interface regarding implementation of the Act in their respective departments,” it said.
The department was also directed to ensure the issuance of advertisements, in the form of display and text notices, for creating awareness among citizens along with all government and private sector entities on the provisions, facilitations, and penalty clauses of the Act.
According to the statement, “for this, the Department of Women and Child Development has organised several workshops along with media campaigns. It has also issued necessary instructions on regular intervals to all departments of the city government, autonomous bodies and private sector companies for constitution of internal committees.:
All district magistrates have also been instructed for constitution of the local committee as statutory requirement under the Act, the statement added.