Nirathanka is a Non-Governmental Organisation with a registered office in Bengaluru. Nirathanka has been founded by a young Professional Social Worker, Shri Ramesha MH (National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI) Young Achievers Awardee-2019) with the objective of extending the services to the weaker section of the society. Today, the organisation is extended its scope of services in the areas of education, health care, youth skill development, food security, and livelihood training. From the last 7 years, Nirathanka providing services of deputing expert external members for Internal Committees under PoSH law for more than 50 organizations across India. Nirathanka with group of few professionals from Human Resources and Social Work have organizing the “State-Level HR Kannada Conference” on yearly basis from year 2017.
- PoSH Policy preparation and implementation.
- Formation of IC under PoSH law.
- PoSH awareness programme for employees.
- PoSH training programme for IC.
- External Committee Member for IC.
- Quarterly Meeting of IC.
- Audit, documentation and compliance reports.
- Handling of PoSH complaints.
- Legal support.
ABOUT PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACE (POSH)
Even though the concept of sexual harassment is as old as the history of mankind, its implication at the work place has received attention in recent times. In fact until the verdict in Vishaka Vs. State of Rajasthan (1997) case by the Supreme Court of India in 1997, there were no official guidelines to deal with the subject. Thereafter the central government has enacted Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, under which the employer is duty bound to protect the women at workplace. This Act aims to protect women against sexual harassment at workplace by preventive measures like training, prohibitive measures like legal restriction, punitive measures like disciplinary action by employer or criminal action by police and rehabilitative measures like transfer and monetary compensation. Hence there is a need for managers and executives to learn the legal aspects, case laws and detailed procedure to protect the women at workplace.
Dr. G.P. Naik
Director, Talent Avenues
Dr. G.P. Naik is professor of HRM and Labour Legislation and an experienced trainer in HR domain. He is a doctorate in Management from Canara Bank School of Management Studies, Bangalore University. Previously he was the Head of Learning and Development at Karle Group of Companies, Bangalore. He is a graduate in Law and has handled more than 100 employee discipline cases in his previous organizations. He has provided training and consultancy services to several reputed organizations like Karnataka Employers' Association, International Labour Organization, Labour Department of Government of Karnataka, Indo-Nissin, Sasken, Persistent Systems, Sasaara Financial Services, Aditya Birla, Oracle, Infosys, MTR Foods, Schneider, Chamundeshwari Sugars, Ultratech Cements, Madura Coats, BEML, BEL, Exedy, IndoMIM, TRMN, Biesse, Homag, Faiveley, Fowler Westrup, Hampson Aerospace, TCE, ASE, NTPC, HAL, TVS Motors and GMR.
DR. Janet Parameshwara
Rtd. Social Welfare Officer,
Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru
Dr. Janet Parameshwara, Rtd. Social Welfare Officer, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru. Previously she was a member secretary for preventing sexual harassment at workplace at Kidwai cancer hospital. She served as external advisor in Internal Complaint Committee [ICC] to have zero tolerance about sexual harassment at workplace at various organization like Volvo Group India Private Ltd, Arvind Mills, Toyota Boshoku Ltd, Raymonds Exports, Apollo Hospital & others. Conducted training programmes for employees and committee members on principles of POSH, Vishaka Guidelines for many organizations.
She also served as BOS member at Bangalore university, CMR university and St Joseph’s college for 3 years, she also served as family counselor in family court to facilitate couples for reconciliation of family cases before granting divorce by the family court. Recognized guide at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Successfully guided 5 researcher scholars who have been awarded Ph.D. at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
Ms. Gauthami Bhandary
Advocate, M/S. CCI-Legal, Bengaluru
Ms. Gauthami S Bhandary is an Advocate working at M/s. CCI-Legal, Bengaluru and represents clients at Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, City Civil Courts, Family Court, Karnataka Administrative Tribunal, Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunal etc in the area of Civil, Criminal, Industrial & Corporate Laws. Ms. Gauthami S Bhandary is a law graduate from Mangalore and has also perused her Bachelor of Business Management and PGDIPR. She is an Executive Member of the Greater Bengaluru Employers Association (GBEA), an Association formed under the Trade Union Act, 1923 mainly for the purpose of promoting the interest of the employer/management. As a part of GBEA, she represents several corporates as their External Member in the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) under The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act (POSH). She also has various reported judgements in her name.
Ms. Anitha S
Mrs. Anitha S is a Social Worker holding the academic background of MSW and PGDHRM from Bangalore University. In Addition to this having NET qualification from University Grants Commission. She had 13 years of experience in the NGO sector in the field of women and child empowering aspects.
She has been a patron of Nirathanka, a Bangalore based NGO devoted to the cause of women. She has been appointed by various organizations has external member for POSH Committee closely associated with Cisco, Infosys, Support. Com, Smartplay Technologies Pvt. Ltd., The Himalaya Drug Company, Sutures India and so on. She is well conversant in Kannada & English.
Ms. Sreelakshmi M V
Mrs. Sreelakshmi MV is a Social Worker having an academic background of Social work (MSW) from Bangalore University and a Certified POSH trainer. She is associated with Nirathanka in creating an empowered and equitable society that systemically addresses issues of livelihood, Women empowerment, education and health for Adolescents, Children, Elderly, Rural Poor, Street Children, Students, Urban poor, Women, and Youth.
She has been a patron of Nirathanka, a Bangalore based NGO which is devoted to the cause of Women. She is a POSH trainer and Internal Committee (IC) member for the various organizations like Sutures India Pvt. Ltd., Manva Corporate services Pvt. Ltd, Infinity Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Aditya Birla Retail Ltd. (ABRL), GAG Associates, INOX (trained over 700 employees) and so on. She is well conversant in English, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.
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