F. No. 11012/5/2016-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated August 2, 2016
Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules 1965 — Guidelines regarding prevention of sexual harassment of women at the workplace— regarding
Undersigned is directed to say that following enactment of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 [SHWW (PPR) Act] and notification of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Rules, 2013 [SHWW (PPR) Rules] on09.12.2013, the Government notified the amendments to Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 and Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal)Rules, 1965. The amendments and other salient features of the Act/ Rules was brought to the notice of all concerned vide Office Memorandum No. 11013/02/ 2014-Estt.A-IIIdated 27.11.2014.
2. Section 18 (1) of the SHWW(PPR) Act, 2013 provides that any person aggrieved with the recommendations made under sub section (2) of section 13 or under clause (i) or clause (ii) of sub-section (3) of section 13 or sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) of section 14 or section 17 or non-implementation of such recommendations may prefer an appeal to the court or tribunal in accordance with provisions of the service rules applicable to said person or where no such service rules exist then, without prejudice to the provisions contained in any other law for the time being in force, the person Aggrieved may prefer an appeal in such manner as may be prescribed.
3. In accordance with Section 18(i) of the SHWW (PPR) Act, 2013, it has been decided that in all cases of allegations of sexual harassment, the following procedure may be adopted:
Where a Complaint Committee has not recommended any action against the employee against whom the allegation have been made in a case involving allegations of sexual harassment, the Disciplinary Authority shall supply a copy of the Report of the Complaint Committee to the complainant and shall consider her representation, if any submitted, before coming to a final conclusion. The representation shall be deemed to be an appeal under section 18(i) of the Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
4. All Ministries/Departments/Offices are requested to bring the above guidelines To the notice of all Disciplinary Authorities under their control. All cases, where final Orders have not been issued may be processed as per these guidelines.