New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission has directed to the Government of
India to take appropriate steps for protection of whistleblowers of the country through implementation of the Whistleblower Protection Act.
Acting on the complaint of the rights activist Akhand of Human Rights Committee, Commission has directed Secretary of Ministry of personnel, public grievance and pensions to take appropriate action within eight weeks in the matter. This Ministry is under the Prime minister of India Narendra Modi .
The Central Government has enacted “Whistleblower Protection Act’ in February 2014 with mandate to provide adequate safeguard to
whistleblowers against victimisation and enquire into allegation of corruption or wilful misuse of power by Government officials in the country. The Act will be implemented after Rules being framed by Central Govt. and as well as State Government.
The petitioner alleged that though eight months have been passed since enactment of this law, neither the Centre nor the State has framed the rules. Following which the act has not been implemented till yet.
On the other hand, attack on human rights activists, RTI Activists, individuals exposing corruption is rising day by day across the country. They are found quite vulnerable in the hand of the powerful people due to disclosure of their identity while exposing corruption and filling complaints in this regard. It is needless to mention here that around 50 RTI Activists have been murdered in the country due to their act of exposing corruption by filling RTI Applications, said the petition filled by Akhand.
“Due to callousness of Government officers, the rules are not framed. I had sought the intervention of the apex rights panel”, alleged Akhand.
Disposing the petition the Commission said, “The complaint be transmitted to the concerned authority for such action as deemed appropriate. The authority concerned is directed to take appropriate action within 8 weeks and to inform the complainant of the action taken in the matter.”
It is believed that this law will positively be effective tool to provide protection from brutal attack, murder or charges of false cases to the persons exposing corruption, irregularities, malpractice in Government offices.
NHRC order copy on whistle blowers protection act.pdf
Frame rules for Whistle-blower protection Act_NHRC News_English.doc