According to one more development that central government has endorsed to be the woman employees working in central government who have filed the complaints of the sexual harassment will now be eligible to get the paid leave for up to 90 days. This will give relief to many woman employees who were facing this harassment at workplace and could not do much about it. Read the complete report here.
According to the news published by the PTI news agency, Women central government employees who have filed complaints of sexual harassment can now get a paid leave of three months during the pendency of inquiry, the government has said. The leave will be in addition to those already given to central government employees.
According to the sources, the new development has come as a big relief to many woman employees as there have been complaints of accused trying to influence or threaten victims of sexual harassment in a few cases. Leave up to a maximum of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female government servant during the pendency of inquiry, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
The report further states that although the leave that is granted to the aggrieved woman but the same will not be debited against the leave account of the employee. “The leave so granted to the aggrieved woman under this rule shall not be debited against the leave account,” it said.
This special provision has been devised under the provision of the ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 a legislation mandated to provide protection to women against sexual harassment at workplace said the source.
Though the Act has the provision for grant of leave to the aggrieved woman up to a period of three months, the Union government had not yet incorporated it into the service rules that govern leave of its employees. The DoPT has now incorporated this provision in the Central Civil Services (leave) Rules, 1972. “It will come as a relief to the victims who undergo a lot of trauma while working in the office that too in the presence of the accused,” a senior DoPT official said.
The provision of the Sexual harassment includes physical contact and advances, demand or request for sexual favors, sexually colored remarks, showing any pornography and any other unwelcome physical, verbal and non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature, claimed the source.
The above development is a very good move by the central government as far as this is not taken as an advantage for the purpose of personal gains which is the regular affairs in the government departments. With less amount of work and more leave left all the government departments in India behind in the corporate completion and hundreds of private businesses have taken the advantage of the same. If you wish to leave your comments on this please go ahead.