GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 7th August, 2009
Subject: CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 - Guidelines regarding prevention of sexual harassment of working women in the workplace.
In continuation of the Department of Personnel and Training's O.M. of even number dated the 21st July, 2009 on the abovementioned subject, the undersigned is directed to say that the following may be substituted for the existing instructions in para 1 (v) thereof :-
"(v) The Complaints Committee established in each Ministry or Department or Office for inquiring into complaints of sexual harassment shall be deemed to be the Inquiring Authority appointed by the Disciplinary Authority and the Complaints Committee shall hold, if separate procedure has not been prescribed for the Complaints Committee for holding the inquiry into such complaints, the inquiry, as far as practicable in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 [In 2004 a proviso was added to rule 14(2) of the said rules.(copy enclosed) to this effect]."
2. The number of the last para of the O.M. under reference may be read as (2) in place of (3)
PROVISIONS OF Rule 14 (2) of the CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES
(CLASSIFICATION,CONTROLAND APPEAL) RULES,1965
14 (2) Whenever the disciplinary authority is of the opinion that there are grounds for inquiring into the truth of any imputation of misconduct Of. misbehavior against a Government servant, it may itself inquire into, or appoint under this rule or under the provisions of the Public Servants (Inquiries) Act, 1850, as the case may be, an authority to inquire into the truth thereof.
Provided that where there is a complaint of sexual harassment within the meaning of rule 3 C of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, the complaints Committee established in each ministry or Department or Office for inquiring into such complaints, shall be deemed to be the inquiring authority appointed by the disciplinary authority for the purpose of these rules and the Complaints Committee shall hold, if separate procedure has not been prescribed for the complaints committee for holding the inquiry into the complaints of sexual harassments, the inquiry as far as practicable in accordance with the procedure laid down in these rules.