Anti-graft measure: CVC for safety of whistle-blowers

In order to ensure safety of whistle-blowers, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has emphasized for the need to generate awareness among people.

New Delhi: In order to ensure safety of whistle-blowers, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has emphasized for the need to generate awareness among such people to protect their identity.
Officials said the move follows after the anti-corruption watchdog found that many complainants were not adhering to guidelines mentioned in the Public Interest Disclosure and
Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution to keep their
identity secret.

The Commission has written to all government departments to create awareness among people through different means to encourage them to report corruption cases while safeguarding their personal information, they said.

"There have been many cases where people were not following PIDPI guidelines and hence making themselves vulnerable to possible risks after exposing corruption," a senior CVC official said.

According to the guidelines, the complaint should be forwarded in a sealed envelope and addressed to the Secretary of the Commission. Also, the envelope has to be superscribed as `Complaints under The Public Interest Disclosure`.

"If the envelope is not superscribed and closed, it will not be possible for the Commission to protect the complainant under the above resolution and the complaint will be dealt with as per the normal complaint policy," it said.

"The text of the complaints should be carefully drafted so as not to give any details or clue as to his/her identity," the PIDPI resolution said.

The CVC act as a designated agency of the Government of
India, to receive the written complaints of corruption.

It, however, does not entertain anonymous/ pseudonymous

"The Commission has noticed over the years that many complainants claiming to be `Whistle-blowers` do not conform
to the procedures prescribed by the Commission while filing
the complaints to the Commission under PIDPI Resolution.

"The Commission would therefore emphasise the need for creating greater awareness among the public including employees of every organisations/departments for lodging
whistle-blowers complaints," the CVC said in its letter
written to Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) of all departments
under the Central government.

According to the probity watchdog`s performance report for December, 2011, a total of 249 complaints were received
from whistle-blowers citing instances of corruption in state-owned departments.

"The complaints by whistle-blowers were being verified and necessary action was being taken on them," the official said.


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