Independent system to shield whistleblowers sought

October 11th, 2011 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) Stressing the need for a law on grievance redressal and protection of whistleblowers, activists Tuesday said the mechanisms must be decentralised and independent.

Participating in a convention here, the activists said definition of whistleblowing must be expanded beyond institutional and economic corruption to include injustice and arbitrary use of power.

National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) member Aruna Roy said the proposed Lokpal bill should have separate legislations for corruption and grievance redressal.

The Convention on Grievance Redressal and Protection of Whistleblowers was organised by the NCPRI.

According to the activists any private body involved in the implementation of any entitlement or sovereign functions under any government programme or law must also come within the ambit of the grievance redressal bill.

Activist Binayak Sen highlighted the differential reception for those who fight injustice vis-a-vis those who fight corruption.

The participants debated the proposed mechanisms of grievance redressal related to health, education, panchayats, social security and the right to information act, said a statement from the NCPRI.

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