DoPT also issued Central Civil Services (Leave) Amendment Rules, 2017 to allow the new provision.
Women employees of central govt. who file complaints of sexual harassment at workplace now have the option of getting ninety days paid leave during pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013.
This move is significant as there have been complaints of those people accused of sexual harassment trying to threaten or influence the victims.
Special leave in this case’ll be given on recommendation of the internal committee or local committee formed to look into such charges.
The leave granted to aggrieved woman employee shall not be debited against leave account, the dept. of personnel & training (DoPT) said.
In December, DoPT had issued guidelines to deal with sexual harassment of women at workplace. The guidelines stipulated that inquiry of the cases must be completed within 30 days only & under no circumstances should it take more than ninety days from the date of complaint.