Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 4:
Eminent social activists Aruna Roy and the convener of NCPRI ( National Campaign for People’s Right to Information) Nikhil Dey will be addressing a state-level convention on the Whistle-blower Protection Act,2011 to be organised by the Human Rights Groups working in Odisha on July 8 at the Soochana Bhawan here.
Informing this through a press release today Pradip Kumar Pradhan, Manoj Jena and others on behalf of the organising committee of the Convention said the day-long workshop is part of their campaign to sensitise various sections of the people such as activists, human rights defenders and RTI activists about the Whistle-blower Protection Act and to put pressure on the government to frame activist-friendly rules in consonance with the original Act.
It may be mentioned here that the Central Government has enacted “Whistleblower Protection Act’ in February this year with a clear mandate to provide adequate safeguard to whistleblowers against victimisation and also to inquire into allegations of corruption or wilful misuse of power by government officials in the country.
However, the Act will be implemented after rules are framed by both the Central and state governments.
The new law is designed to act as an effective tool to provide protection of information-seekers from attacks including murder and slapping of false and fabricated charges against persons exposing corruption, irregularities and malpractices in the government.