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Govt, Opposition spar over whistleblowers bill

Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 20:44

New Delhi: Taking a dig at the Opposition
which sought more time to study the Whistle Blowers` Bill,
2011, Union minister V Narayansamy on Thursday said the government
was helpless if they could not find time to read the bill
presented during Winter Session of Parliament.

But the Opposition retorted saying the bill was passed in
the Lok Sabha without discussion and there were "serious
issues", including those concerning provision of safety to the
whistleblowers, which should be addressed before the
legislation was debated in the Rajya Sabha.

"To study the bill is their job. Not ours. Should we give
them time to read," Narayanasamy told reporters when asked
about Opposition`s argument on the bill.

The bill aims at establishing a mechanism to receive
complaints relating to disclosure of any allegation of
corruption or wilful misuse of power by public servants and a
discussion on it failed to take place in the Rajya Sabha today
due to stiff resistance by the Opposition.

Opposing government`s argument, CPI-M leader Sitaram
Yechury said the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha along with
the Lokpal Bill and there was no specific discussion on it in
that House.

"There are certain very serious matters which need to be
addressed before we take up this bill," the Rajya Sabha MP

Referring to the recent killings of "large number of
whistleblowers, honest government officers and RTI activists
by unscrupulous elements", he said "unless proper protection
is offered to them what is the point.

"So we have suggested that this Bill should be brought
to the House along with Lokpal after amendments we have
suggested are incorporated."


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 20:44
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