ONGC Videsh organized a workshop on “Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Work Place” on 19th Sep, 2017 at Delhi for its employees. The workshop was conducted by M/s Cosmopolitan plus, an NGO empaneled by Ministry of Women & Child Development for this purpose. The objective of the workshop was to explain and familiarize participants with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace ( Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal ) Act, 2013 and to disseminate information to help create a clean and safe working environment.
Director (Operations) inaugurating the workshop
The program was inaugurated by Shri P.K Rao, Director (Operations), ONGC Videsh. In his inaugural address, Director (Operations) emphasized on need of this program to create awareness about the legal, social and moral perspective of the issue. He stressed on the need to understand the dynamics of the working environment where both men and women employees are treated with equal respect and the need to have a stress-free and exploitation free safe work environment.
The faculty, Mr Raj Kamal Gupta, opened the workshop by explaining to the house the meaning of sexual harassment as defined by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in 1997 (Visakha Guidelines) and the subsequent Act which came into force in 2013. Relevant audio-visual clips were shown to make the audience appreciate the acceptable and non-acceptable behavior and maintenance of proper conduct at workplace. The provisions of the Act under consideration and the existing mechanism present for redressal of such complaints was also explained.
The workshop saw wholehearted participation by the audience who were even given on-the spot prizes by the faculty for correct answers. It was attended by the members of Internal Complaints Committee also. The inquisitive audience had many queries which were well fielded by the faculty. This participative nature of the program invigorated the audience who cleared the evaluation designed by the faculty with flying colors who were awarded Certificates of participation by the NGO.
Evaluation in progress
This workshop which was organized by HR team will help in maintaining a healthy and a stress free work environment for all and sensitize the employees about redressal mechanism available.