Union Cabinet approves amendment in Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2011
The Union Cabinet has approved amendments in the Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2011 to keep issues of national security out of its purview.
Decision in this regard was taken at Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The amendments accepted by the Union Cabinet to the parent Act are done with a view to incorporate necessary provisions that aim at strengthening safeguards against disclosures.
The amendment in the parent Act will strengthen the safeguards against disclosures which may prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country and security of the state.
It also safeguards against disclosures which may affect strategic, scientific or economic interest of the state, relations with a foreign state or that leads to incitement of an offence.
About Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2011
- It establishes a mechanism to investigate alleged cases and register complaints on any allegations of corruption or wilful misuse of power against a public servant.
- The Act also provides safeguards against victimisation of the person who makes the complaint and gives statutory protection to whistle blowers in the country.