RTI task force seeks protection for whistleblowers

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 18:05

New Delhi: A special task force set up by
the government to ensure effective implementation of RTI has
sought protection for whistleblowers.

It has asked the government to frame laws and devise
mechanism to protect RTI activists across the country.

"A meeting will be held later this month with the
representative of the Ministry of Home Affairs," an official
of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the nodal
agency for implementation of the transparency Act, said.

The move assumes significance as there has been a spurt
in incidences of violence against RTI activists.

The task force, created by DoPT, aims at seeking ways for
effective implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act, which
aims at bringing in more transparency and accountability in
governance.

Under Section 4 of the RTI Act, a public authority --
including ministries, departments, PSUs -- is duty-bound to
maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed and put
it in public domain.

"We have asked the government to provide security for RTI
activists. It will encourage whistleblowers and others to work
for bringing in transparency in the system," said Ajay Dubey,
an RTI activist.

The Task Force will finalise its recommendation by July
31 and submit it to the department for consideration.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 18:05

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