17th February, 2016 (MAINS)

TODAYs ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-II

Q1. “If amendment bill to the Whistleblowers Act, 2011 tabled in the Parliament is passed, there may be no one left to protect.” Critically evaluate.

[12.5marks/2015/GS-2] 200 words.

Please write answer in the comments section.

  • Nikhil Singh

    1. Whistle-blowers will not be allowed to reveal any documents classified under the Official Secrets Act of 1923, even if the purpose is to disclose acts of corruption, misuse of power or criminal activities.
    2. This is in addition to any information that could “prejudicially affect the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign State”
    3. The proposed amendments allow whistle-blowers to disclose some kinds of information only if it has been obtained through a Right to Information query.
    4. Whistle-blowers would be entitled to official protection only if all of these conditions are met, could face action if they are not, and the central and state governments would be the final authorities with the power to judge each case.
    5. By making it imperative for whistle-blowers to prove they have obtained information through RTI, the amendment bill leaves very little room for calling out corruption in the system.
    6. Similarly, the excuse of “national security” could be used by any public authority to terminate any investigation into a whistle-blower complaint.
    7. No person will come forward to blow the whistle on corruption in government for fear of inviting prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.

    • http://shashidthakur.com/ Shashi Thakur

      good job..