The Ministry of Women and Child Development — which is under sharp criticism for not notifying the Rules for the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 — has put the blame for the delay on the Law Ministry. The new law was enacted in April last.

Though the two Ministries concluded their discussions on the Rules on November 22, the Law Ministry was taking time to vet the draft, officials in the Women and Child Development Ministry said.

“The final draft was sent to the Legislative Department on November 26. The Secretary, Women and Child Development, has also addressed Secretary, Legislative Department, to expedite the matter,” officials in the Ministry said.

On its part, the Law Ministry said the Rules were under consideration and would be notified next week.

Meanwhile, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath has reportedly written to the Prime Minister’s Office to shift the Secretary, Nita Chowdhury.

On Thursday night, Ms. Tirath directed Bureau heads, including Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries to submit files directly to her, bypassing the Secretary.

The order said officers would “submit files directly to Minister of State (Independent Charge) with immediate effect and until further orders.” Sources close to the Minister’s office told The Hindu that Ms. Tirath wrote to the PMO earlier this week requesting that the Secretary be “surrendered.”

  • The new law was enacted in April

  • Rules will be notified next week, says Law Ministry