Whistleblowers Protection Bill, 2011

The Whistle-blowers Protection Bill, 2011

This bill was already passed in Lok Sabha in December 2011 and now government has moved on 14th August 2012, to pass this bill in Rajya Sabha.

Salient Features of this Bill:

  • The Bill seeks to protect whistle blowers, i.e. persons making a public interest disclosure related to an act of corruption, misuse of power, or criminal offence by a public servant.
  • Any public servant or any other person including a non-governmental organization may make such a disclosure to the Central or State Vigilance Commission.
  • Every complaint has to include the identity of the complainant.
  • The Vigilance Commission shall not disclose the identity of the complainant except to the head of the department if he deems it necessary.
  • The Bill penalises any person who has disclosed the identity of the complainant.
  • The Bill prescribes penalties for knowingly making false complaints.

Source: PRS Legislative Research

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