Diluting Whistleblower’s Protection Act

SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL
(Guinness Record Holder & RTI Activist)
It refers to Union government considering diluting Whistleblower’s Protection Act by exempting issues relating to national security and sovereignty. But corruption, scams and scandals are also exposed in public-authorities relating to national security and sovereignty. It will be better if proposed amendments to Whistleblower’s Protection Act may not be applicable for whistleblowers exposing matters of corruption even though such aspects of corruption may relate to organisations concerning with national security etc. Such a provision can be drafted on lines of section 24 of RTI Act.

Rather the Act needs strengthening by having some provision of security for ordinary members of public exposing scams and scandals. Whistleblower’s Protection Act in its present form provides protection to whistle-blowers inside the public-authorities from administrative victimisation.

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