Protection policy for whistleblowers in Kerala
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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 Commissioner.

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 said.

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.


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

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