Government of Andhra Pradesh
PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECRETARY, APREI SOCIETY®, GUNTUR.
Present: – Dr M.R. Prasanna Kumar, M.A.Litt., M.Ed., Ph.D.,
Rc. No.:- 1156989/ESE53-BG0BGIM/1/2020-ACCD, Date: – 31/12/2020
Sub: – APREI Society, Guntur – 57th Board of Governors Meeting convened on 1st July 2020 at 11-00 am at SPD Office, SS., Vijayawada – Follow-up action on the agreed BG Item No. 25 – Setting up of Internal Committee to avoid misconduct/misbehavior and harassment of Girl students/lady staff – Orders –Issued.
Ref: – 57th Board of Governors Minutes, Dt. 01-07-2020.
The 57th Board of Governors Meeting of APREI Society was held on 1st July 2020 under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Minister for Education. The Board of Governors ratified the items from Sl. No. 1 to 12 and resolved the proposals from the item No. 13 to 35
The Item No. 25 is agreed by the Board of Governors for setting up of Internal Committee to avoid misconduct/misbehavior and harassment of Girl students and lady staff.
Therefore, the following Internal Committee is constituted in all A.P. Residential Institutions in the state go curb the misconduct/misbehavior and harassment of girl students and lady staff.
CONSTITUTION OF INTERNAL COMPLIANTS COMMITTEE
(The Committee Consists of 4 members)
1. A Presiding officer who shall be a woman employee at senior level at work place from amongst the employees.
2. Not less than TWO members from amongst the employees preferably committed to the cases of the women or who have had experience in Social Work or having legal knowledge.
3. One member amongst Parents Association/ALUMNI/Local Leaders committed to the case of women or a person familiar with the issues relating to sexual harassment. (50% of the members so nominated shall be women) The working rules for Internal Complaints Committee is appended to this proceedings for taking necessary action.
Therefore, all the Principals of APR Institutions in the state are requested to constitute the above committee in their institutions immediately and report compliance immediately.
M R Prasanna Kumar
All the Principals of Residential Institutions in the state
with instructions to communicate the proceedings to
all the staff, students of their institutions for
The Regional Deputy Secretaries of Andhra and
All the District Convenors in the State.
All the Sections of the APREI Society Office.
ANDHRA PRADESH RESIDENTIAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS SOCIETY® , GUNTUR
WORKING RULES FOR INTERNAL COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE
In pursuance of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 and the Rules framed there under, the Institute hereby adopts the following procedure for determining complaints filed to the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) constituted under the Act. The procedure complies with the basic principles of natural justice and fair play and has to be adhered to in all complaints, though, in individual complaints, for reasons to be stated in writing, the ICC reserves the right to make exceptions to the procedure stated hereunder.
1. Any aggrieved woman may make, in writing, a complaint of sexual harassment at work place to the ICC, within a period of three months from the date of incident and in case of a series of incidents, within a period of three months from the date of last incident. A written complaint should be submitted to the Committee or any of its members along with list of witnesses and supporting documents. Additional documents and list of witnesses can be submitted to ICC at a later stage during the proceeding. The member of the ICC shall render all reasonable assistance to the woman for making the complaint in writing.
2. Any complaint received by the members should be immediately forwarded to the Presiding Officer, and this must be notified to other committee members at the earliest and not later than 3 days and a meeting should be called for discussing the matter.
3. The Committee shall discuss and decide on its jurisdiction to deal with the case or reject the complaint prima facie and recommend to the Institute that no action is required to be taken in the matter.
4. Notice shall be issued to the respondent within 7 working days of receipt of the complaint and 10 working days shall be given for submission of reply (along with the list of witnesses and documents.)
5. The Committee will provide assistance to the aggrieved woman, if she so chooses, to file a police complaint in relation to an offence under Indian Penal Code.
6. The Committee may, before initiating an inquiry, at the request of the aggrieved woman, take steps to settle the matter between her and the respondent through conciliation.
7. No monetary settlement shall be made as the basis of conciliation. Where a settlement has been arrived at, the ICC shall record the settlement so arrived and forward the same to the employer for necessary compliance.
8. The Committee shall provide the copies of the settlement as recorded under (7) to the aggrieved woman and the respondent. Where a settlement is arrived at, no further inquiry shall be conducted by the ICC.
9. If conciliation is found to be not feasible, notice will be issued to both parties for hearing.
10.The Committee may direct the employer to ensure the safety and protection of the aggrieved woman if and when required.
11.As an interim measure, ICC may recommend
a. the transfer of the aggrieved woman or the respondent to another School/Collegeas deemed fit by the Committee.
b. grant leave to the aggrieved woman up to a period of three months or :
c. restrain the respondent from exercising any administrative authority or supervision or academic evaluation of the aggrieved woman.
d. grant such other relief to the aggrieved woman as the case may require.
12.The Committee shall proceed to make inquiry into the complaint in accordance with the provisions of the service rules applicable to the respondent considering sexual harassment as misconduct.
13.The Presiding Officer shall convene the first hearing of the enquiry. The respondent, the aggrieved woman, and the witnesses shall be intimated at least 7 working days in File No.ESE53-BG0BGIM/1/2020-ACCDadvance in writing of the date, time and venue of the enquiry proceedings. The subsequent proceedings may be on a day-to-day basis, to be decided by ICC.
14.The Committee shall provide reasonable opportunity to the aggrieved woman and the respondent for presenting and defending her/his case.
15.The Committee may at any time during the enquiry proceedings, preclude the face-toface examination of the respondent and the aggrieved woman and/or their witnesses keeping in view the need to protect the aggrieved woman or the witnesses from facing any serious health and/or safety problems.
16.The Committee may call any person to appear as a witness if it is of the opinion that it shall be in the interest of justice. The aggrieved woman/respondent has to submit the written reply before the committee within the specified time given.
17.The Committee shall have the right to summon, as many times as required, the respondent, aggrieved woman and/or any witnesses for the purpose of supplementary testimony and/or clarifications.
18.The Committee shall have the power to summon any official papers or documents pertaining to the aggrieved woman as well as the respondent.
19.The past sexual history of the aggrieved woman shall not be probed into as such information shall be deemed irrelevant to a complaint of sexual harassment.
20.The Committee shall have the right to terminate the enquiry proceedings and to give an ex-party decision on the complaint, should the respondent fail, without valid ground, to be present for three consecutive hearings convened by the Presiding Officer.
21.The aggrieved woman and the respondent, or any one person on her/his behalf, shall have the right to examine written transcripts of the recordings with the exclusion of witnesses’ names and identities. Any person nominated by the aggrieved woman and/or the respondent on her/his behalf shall be (only) either a student, or a member of the academic or non-teaching staff. No person who has been found guilty of sexual harassment shall be accepted as a nominee. The aggrieved woman/respondent should inform the Presiding Officer specifically if they wish to exercise this right. The Presiding
Officer shall allow access to such documents on a specific date to be intimated at least two days in advance to each of the parties concerned. At no point in time, however, can the concerned parties take these documents outside the office.
22.The aggrieved woman and the respondent shall be responsible for presenting their witnesses before the Committee. However, if the Committee is convinced that the absence of either of the parties to the disputes is on valid grounds, the Committee shall adjourn that particular meeting of the Committee for a period not exceeding five days. The meeting so adjourned shall be conducted thereafter, even if the person concerned fails to appear for the said adjourned meeting without prior intimation/valid ground.
23.All proceedings of the ICC shall be recorded in writing.
24.If the aggrieved woman desires to tender any documents by way of evidence, the Committee can supply true copies of such documents to the respondent. Similarly, if the respondent desires to tender any documents in evidence, the Committee shall supply true copies of such documents to the aggrieved woman.
25.The aggrieved woman and the respondent shall have the right of crossexamination of all witnesses. However, such cross-examination shall be conducted in the form of written questions and responses via the Committee only. The respondent shall have no right to directly crossexamine the aggrieved woman or her witnesses.
26.The respondent/aggrieved woman may submit to the Committee, a written list of questions that he/she desires to pose to the aggrieved woman/witness. The Committee (ICC) shall retain the right to disallow any questions that it has reason to believe to be irrelevant, mischievous, slanderous, derogatory or gender-insensitive.After concluding its investigation, the Committee shall submit a detailed reasoned report to the authorities concerned.
28.If the Committee finds no merit in the allegations, it shall report to the authorities.
29.In the event the Committee finds that the allegation(s) against the respondent have been proved, it shall recommend the nature of action to be taken by the Institute. The following actions may be recommended:
a. A written apology
c. Reprimand or censure
d. Withholding of promotion
e. Withholding of pay rise or increments
f. Undergoing a counseling session
g. Carrying out of community service
h. Terminating the respondent from service
i. Any other punishment according to the service rules applicable to the
30.The identity of the aggrieved woman, respondent, witnesses and proceedings of the Committee and its recommendations and the action taken by the Institute shall not be published, communicated or made known to the public, press or media in any manner and it will be outside the purview of the Right to Information Act, 2005.
31.No legal practitioner will be allowed to represent either the aggrieved woman or the respondent in proceedings before the Complaints Committee.
32.The Committee has the powers of a civil court in the following cases
i. Summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person related to the incident.
ii. Requiring the discovery and production of any documents
iii.Any other matter relating to the incident as decided by the Committee from time to time.
34.The aggrieved woman or respondent may prefer an appeal to the competent authority
M R Prasanna Kumar