EGoM to finalise law to protect whistle blowers
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 00:42
New Delhi: The government has constituted an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) to finalise a law aimed to protect whistle blowers who raise the red flag on corruption.

Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Prithviraj Chavan said the GoM, headed by Defence Minister A K Antony, will examine and finalise all relevant issues to be incorporated in the proposed bill.

"The Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDP) bill may be tabled in the later part of the Budget session," he told reporters here.

Incidents like the killing of project director at the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Satyendra Kumar Dubey, who was murdered in Gaya, Bihar, after he fought corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway construction project, brought to the fore the need for a law which protects such whistle-blowers.

Chavan said there was no immediate plan to again introduce in Parliament the Lok Pal Bill, aimed at probing corruption in high places including that of the office of Prime Minister, as there was no political consensus.

"A decision has to be taken at political level. But there is no political consensus. Without political consensus, the Bill cannot be passed in the Parliament," he said.

The Lokpal Bill, 1996, drawn up ostensibly to root out corruption at high places, has been introduced in Parliament several times but still awaits the approval of both the Houses.


First Published: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 00:42

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