Setting Up of Internal Complaints Committee


The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal  Act, 2013’ mandates all the workplaces, which include any department, organisation, undertaking, establishment, enterprise, institution, office, branch or unit which is established, owned, controlled or wholly or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the appropriate Government or the local authority or a Government company or a corporation or a co-operative society having more than 10 workers to constitute Internal Committee (IC) for receiving complaints of sexual harassment.

There is no centralized mechanism to collect information about complaints filed with Internal Committees.

However, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India has developed an online complaint management system titled Sexual Harassment electronic–Box (SHe-Box) to facilitate women in registering complaints related to sexual harassment of women at workplace.  As of now, the SHe-Box has 750 complaints, out of which 227 complaints are from various Central Ministries. The Ministry-wise complaints registered through SHe-Box are:

Sl. No.

Ministry Name

Total complaints

1

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

14

2

Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers

1

3

Ministry of Civil Aviation

4

4

Ministry of Coal

1

5

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

7

6

Ministry of Communications

24

7

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

4

8

Ministry of Culture

3

9

Ministry of Defence

20

10

Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region

1

11

Ministry of Earth Science

1

12

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

1

13

Ministry of External Affairs

3

14

Ministry of Finance

32

15

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

10

16

Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

2

17

Ministry of Home Affairs

11

18

Ministry of Human Resource Development

11

19

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

6

20

Ministry of Labour and Employment

7

21

Ministry of Mines

2

22

Ministry of Panchayati Raj

2

23

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

1

24

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

1

25

Ministry of Power

4

26

Ministry of Railways

20

27

Ministry of Rural Development

2

28

Ministry of Science and Technology

1

29

Ministry of Shipping

1

30

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

1

31

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

2

32

Ministry of Steel

1

33

Ministry of Textiles

1

34

Ministry of Tourism

3

35

Ministry of Women and Child Development

21

36

Ministry of Youth Affairs

1

 

Total

227

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, in written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.


 
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