Whistle Blowers Protection Act; Bill is presently before the Rajya Sabha; Prime Minister’s Office

Whistle Blowers Protection Act

Whistle Blowers Protection Act; Bill is presently before the Rajya Sabha; Prime Minister’s Office

The Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2011 (No. 17 of 2014) has been notified on 12th May 2014. In terms of section 1(3) of the Act, the provisions of the Act shall come into force only on such date, as the Central Government may notify.

The said Act requires some amendments aimed at safeguarding against disclosures affecting sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the State, etc. before it is brought into force. To make these amendments to the Act, the Government introduced the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the Lok Sabha on 11th May 2015 which has been passed by the Lok Sabha on 13th May 2015 and the said Bill is presently before the Rajya Sabha. Thus, the matter is presently under the domain of the legislature.

The Act does not provide any incentive to disclose any information under the private sectors. This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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