New law on whistle-blowers

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New Delhi:  The Cabinet Secretary has given the go-ahead to the whistle-blowers Bill after initially going slow on it. After the murder of Satyendra Dubey, a whistle blower in the NHAI scam, the Supreme Court had intervened wanting to know the progress of the protection of informers.

As per the Bill, the Central Vigilance Commission will be responsible for protection of whistle-blowers.

The Bill covers all ministries, Public Sector Units and banks but the corporate sector has been left out.

State governments that had earlier rejected the idea of a vigilance bill will now be asked to adopt this Bill.

The Bill will give more teeth to the protection of whistle-blowers.

But those making false or motivated complaints may be punished that includes fine or even jail.

The whistle-blowers Bill gives an opportunity to expose false claims, fraud or corruption who will be protected for confidentiality and anonymity.

Whistle-blowers Bill:
  • CVC to protect whistle blowers
  • All ministries, PSUs, banks covered under Bill; corporate sector left out
  • States to be asked to adopt Bill
  • More teeth for protection of whistle blowers
  • Those making false complaints may be jailed

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