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Protection policy for whistleblowers in Kerala

Last Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 22:10

Thiruvananthapuram: As part of its resolve
to ensure corrupt free and transparent administration, the
Congress-led UDF government in Kerala has decided to
strengthen the state Lokayukta and bring out a Whistle Blower
Protection Policy (WBPP).

Releasing the progress report of the government`s 100-day
programme here, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the WBPP
would be similar to the institution of Chief Vigilance

The main objective was to give protection and also
safeguard identity of the persons who provide information on
corruption in administration, Chandy said, adding that a
four-member committee with former Chief Secretary Mohan Kumar
as Chairman has been set up to prepare the policy.

"The policy will be introduced in the state very soon."

"The Lokayukta Act would also be amended with a view to
have an institute for the battle against corruption," Chandy

Referring to the 100-day programme, Chandy said his
government could either take up or complete 101 items out of
the 107 items mentioned on June 1.

The government`s focus was to ensure transparency and
also implement social welfare schemes. The major achievement
was the launch of Rs one per kg rice scheme to BPL and APL
category people, he said.

Declaring wealth and assets of ministers and top
officials and opening up the Chief Minister`s Office with live
webcast and 24x7 call centre has send the right message to the
people about the attitude of the government, Chandy said.


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First Published: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 22:10
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