Kohima, Sept. 2: A state-level committee has been formed to deal with complaints relating to sexual harassment of women employees in the state.
The committee will be headed by the additional chief secretary and Nagaland commissioner, Banuo Z. Jamir. It will receive complaints from any women employee through its secretary of the state government.
It will conduct inquiries into the complaints and suggest measures to redress grievances.
The committee will take measures to create awareness on the rights of women employees by notifying the guidelines through awareness campaigns.
The committee will be the inquiring authority for the purposes of Central/State Civil Services (Conduct) Rules and the report of the committee shall be considered final according to the rules.
Thereafter, the disciplinary authority will act on the report in accordance with the rules.
The committee will submit an annual report to the department of personnel and administrative reforms with details of the complaints, if any, made to it and the action thereof.
Jamir has directed all the districts offices and government directorates to form complaint committees at their own levels.
She cited the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in the Vishaka case to deal with sexual harassment of women at workplace, whereby the apex court directed state legislatures to enact, legislate and make provisions for protecting the rights of women at their workplace.