Ac­tion taken against AIR em­ployee guilty of sex­ual ha­rass­ment

Khaleej Times - - MIDDLE EAST -

new delhi — An All In­dia Ra­dio (AIR) of­fi­cial ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by nine women employees has been de­moted from his po­si­tion and sub­jected to other salary cuts as he was found guilty, the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women (NCW) said on Fri­day.

“The dis­ci­plinary au­thor­ity ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tions and the au­thor­ity im­posed a ma­jor penalty of re­duc­tion to a lower pay scale by two stages for one year and no in­cre­ment dur­ing the re­duc­tion pe­riod,” the NCW said in a state­ment.

“Af­ter the ex­pi­ra­tion of one year, the re­duc­tion pe­riod will have ef­fects on sub­se­quent in­cre­ments. The ac­cused was also trans­ferred as an ad­min­is­tra­tive mea­sure,” the com­mis­sion said.

The NCW in its let­ter ad­dressed to the sec­re­tary, in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing, and CEO, Prasar Bharati, last month had di­rected to con­duct an in­quiry into the com­plaints.

The com­mis­sion’s di­rec­tion came af­ter it re­ceived a for­mal com­plaint dated Novem­ber 12 from the of­fice-bear­ers of the All In­dia Ra­dio Ca­sual An­nouncer and Com­peres Union al­leg­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment at work­place of ca­sual an­nounc­ers and com­peres work­ing in dif­fer­ent sta­tions of the AIR across the coun­try.

The Prasar Bharati, in re­sponse to the NCW let­ter, had also men­tioned about cer­tain pre­ven­tive mea­sures taken by the AIR, like post­ing of women pro­gramme ex­ec­u­tives as sta­tion in-charge, in­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras at van­tage points and pro­vid­ing trans­port fa­cil­ity to women employees dur­ing odd hours.

Ac­cord­ing to the NCW, the Prasar Bharati Sec­re­tar­iat has asked its cen­tres to send quar­terly progress re­ports in re­spect of sex­ual ha­rass­ment com­plaints be­ing in­quired into by the re­spec­tive in­ter­nal com­mit­tees.

Ear­lier on Novem­ber 9, Women and Child Devel­op­ment Minister Maneka Gandhi wrote to In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Minister Ra­jyavard­han Singh Rathore to ensure that a “sen­si­tive and fair sys­tem” is put in place at the stateowned AIR to ad­dress the sex­ual ha­rass­ment com­plaints. —

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