The Prajnya Trust

Replies to RTI on Local Complaints Committees

Details sent by District Magistrates in Tamil Nadu

As per the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, every district in India must have a Local Complaints Committee, where women who work in organisations with less than 10 employees, independent professionals, unorganised sector workers including domestic workers can lodge complaints in case they face harassment.

However, details of these committees in Tamil Nadu are not publicly accessible, and on enquiry, we weren't able to find the names and contact details of committee members.

In July 2016, we sent an RTI application to the Social Welfare Department of the Govt of Tamil Nadu, asking for details of the Local Complaints Committees in Tamil Nadu. They informed us that the details are maintained by the District Collectors.

Thereafter, we wrote to all the District Collectors in Tamil Nadu, with a copy of the RTI reply, asking for information regarding "the Local Complaints Committee, formed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, Chapter III, Section 6(1) and Section 6(2). Namely,

  1. The names and contact details of duly appointed local complaints committee members in the particular district.
  2. The names and contact details of nodal officers at the block, taluka and tehsil level in rural and tribal areas, and municipalities in urban areas designated to receive complaints under the Act."

To access our compilation of Local Complaints Committees in Tamil Nadu, please see this regularly updated spreadsheet.