New Delhi: The Defence Ministry has given its
consent for bringing the Armed Forces within the ambit of the
Whistleblower`s Bill under consideration of the Government.
"Yes, it is correct that the Defence Ministry has agreed
to put the Army and the other two services under the purview
of the bill," Army sources said here tonight when asked about
the Defence Ministry`s stand on the issue.
A Parliamentary committee had recently recommended
bringing the Armed Forces and security and intelligence
agencies under the purview of the Public Interest Disclosure
and Protection to Persons Making the Disclosures Bill, 2010,
commonly known as the Whistleblower`s Bill
The bill seeks to establish a mechanism to receive
complaints regarding allegations of corruption or wilful
misuse of power. It was introduced in the Lok Sabha in August,
"No organisation of the government should be left out
from public scrutiny and accountability provided for in the
bill," Jayanthi Natarajan had said after submitting the panel
report when she was the chairperson of the Committee.
The Personnel Ministry is considering the recommendations
of the Committee.