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Law Ministry working on draft of Whistleblowers Amendment Bill

The Law Ministry is working on a draft to amend the Whistleblowers Protection Act to safeguard disclosures affecting sovereignty and integrity of the country.

The Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2011 requires some amendments (aimed at safeguarding against disclosures affecting sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the state, etc), before it is brought into force, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said. “A draft note for the Cabinet has been referred to the Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department) with a request to provide a draft of the amendment bill in this regard. No time frame can be indicated since the matter involves the legislative process of Parliament,” Singh told Lok Sabha in a written reply on Wednesday.

The Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2011, which provides a mechanism for protecting the identity of whistleblowers-- a term given to people who expose corruption--got the assent of President Pranab Mukherjee on May 9 last year.  The Whistleblowers Protection bill, 2011 was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 27, 2011 and was transmitted to the Rajya Sabha.
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