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India gets historic whistleblowers protection bill
February 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

India is among the 140 countries who have signed the UN Convention against Corruption [AP]

India is among the 140 countries who have signed the UN Convention against Corruption [AP]

The Indian Parliament has passed the Whistleblower Protection Bill on the last day of the last parliamentary session of the incumbent government.

This is one of the six anti-graft bills that have been billed by the government as possible effective tools against corruption.

The bill, pending in the Indian Parliament for several years, provides for protection of Indian whistleblowers eager to uncover corruption. India is among the 140 countries who have signed the UN Convention against Corruption.

Indian RTI (Right to Information) activists have been campaigning for the passage of this legislature even as 40 Indian whistleblowers have been killed in the past 5 years. In recent years, incidents of harassment, intimidation and violence have also been reported by whistleblowers across the country.

The void in fighting corruption has been sorely felt, say analysts. For activists like Nikhil Dey who has helped draft the historic Right to Information in India, the implementation of this bill is a critical step, who says, over time, this would radically expand the notion of the whistle blower as seen today.

“Protection of the whistle blower in India is not just to protect employment and job security, but of life itself,” Dey writes for The BRICS Post.

The bill is widely seen as an invaluable weapon for anti-graft activists unearthing bribery and swindling in government practices.

When implemented, the bill would create a legal framework to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption involving government officials.

 

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