Admitting to sexual harassment of women radio jockeys of the FM Gold channel, the All India Radio (AIR) on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that appropriate action has been taken against the errant officers.
Vanita Sood, the director general of AIR, stated in an affidavit that harassment complaints at the channel’s office had been inquired into by a committee constituted as per the Vishaka case guidelines.
In its report, the committee observed: “Casual (employment) presenters at FM Gold and FM Rainbow seem to be in a vulnerable position because of the nature of their engagement.” It also recommended that the system of grading by duty officer should be for replaced by a “comprehensive performance appraisal system”.
Sood said all necessary steps — including the installation of CCTV cameras on office premises — had been taken to ensure the safety of women staff. “AIR is alive to its responsibility of ensuring that no act of sexual harassment at the workplace takes place,” she said.
Refuting the allegation that FM Gold radio jockeys had been treated unfairly with work allocation and salaries, she said the radio jockeys were not employees of the AIR and their services were availed as per requirements. A bench of chief justice NV Ramana and Justice Manmohan posted the matter for hearing on December 11.