Internal Complaints Committee (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal of sexual harassment)
CONSTITUTION OF INTERNAL COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE (ICC)
In pursuance of UGC (Prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment of women employees and students in higher educational institutions) Regulations, 2015 read with Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and in partial modification of Notification No. AU/REG/NOT/2020-21/10/016 dated 29.10.2020; Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) is re-constituted as under to deal with the complaints relating to Sexual harassment at work place.
The jurisdiction and function of the Internal Complaints Committee shall be as under:
- A person employed at a workplace for any work, regular, temporary, adhoc or daily wage basis, either directly or through an agent, including a contractor;
- employed by a contractor with or without knowledge for the principal employer;
- employed for remuneration or not;
- working on voluntary basis or otherwise;
- include a co-worker;
- contract worker, probationer, trainee, apprentice or called by any other name;
- domestic worker employed to work in household for remuneration in cash or kind;
- Students, scholars, fellows associated with the institute.
Powers and Functions of ICC:
- Receiving and recording complaints in writing;
- Making Inquiry;
- Attempt for compromise;
- Receiving and recording evidences and applying natural justice conditions;
- Complete Inquiry within 90 days and submit recommendations to the employer and the employer shall implement the recommendation of ICC.
- Committee will also function as Gender Sensitization Cell as per direction of UGC. Gender Sensitization Cell involves creating awareness about Gender issues, working towards and creating enabling environment of Gender justice where men and women can work together with a sense of personal security and dignity.
In discharging the powers and functions of the ICC Mr. Nirmalya Chakraborty, Law Officer, AU will help the ICC and Ms. Niyasha Patra will be Secretarial Assistant to the committee.
The Committee will advise the University of the following:
- Provide a safe working environment at the workplace including safety from persons coming in contact at workplace (from those who have access to the workplace as service provider, contractor, workers under ancillary contract etc.);
- Display at any conspicuous place in the workplace, the panel consequences of sexual harassment;
- Organize sensitization programs at regular intervals for the employees and orientation program for the members of ICC;
- Provide facilities to the ICC for dealing with complaint and conducting enquiry;
- Assist securing the attendance of respondent and witness before the ICC;
- Make available all information needed by ICC in matters connected with the complaint;
- Provide assistance to the women to file complaint in relation to offence under IPC, if she so chooses;
- Initiate action under IPC against the perpetrator if the complaint so chooses;
- Treat sexual harassment as a misconduct under the service rules and initiate action for such misconduct;
- Monitor timely submission of the report by the ICC.
Any casual vacancy arising in between shall be filled-in by fresh nomination for the remaining period with the approval of the Vice Chancellor.
Mandatory Provisions as per RTI Act for attending to complaints and for appeals
” Public Information Officer – Mr. Nirmalaya Chakraborty, Law Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Appellate Authority – Prof Shauvik Roy Chowdhury , Registrar – email@example.com”