Know the fact - Whistle blower protection in India

"We say in this nation that we are looking for people with honesty, integrity, drive and dedication, and then when we find such people, we take them out and whip them." -anonymous whistleblower

"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government." James Madison

“Fear is the foundation of most governments.” -John Adams

“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.” -John Adams

“All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.” -John Quincy Adams

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” -John Quincy Adams

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams

"Why do you always have to try to do something about things?" -Dan Athern

“To see a wrong and not to expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.” -Dr. John Raymond Baker

In India there have been innumerable instances of whistle blowers being killed. So it’s hardly a surprise that such few people come forward with instances of wrong doing. According to a story on some 150 whistle blowers were have been harassed or jailed while 20 have been killed. What’s important to note is that whistle blowers exposing government corruption face a particularly uphill task in India. Their cases often wind slowly up the judicial chain and are only resolved decades later.

Lack of whistle blowing has to do with the evolution of corporate law in the country. He says that eight years ago there was a move by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to insert a provision in the Companies Act to enable whistle blowing. It never saw the light of day and has not been heard of since.

So what can companies do? Lawyers and ombudsman point to three measures. First, legislate so that whistle blowing has a sound legal basis. Two, companies must ensure that those who come forward are not persecuted and the matters are investigated promptly. Similarly, the government must also set up mechanisms to ensure speedy disposal of claims. (If they could set up information officers under the Right to Information Act they can do the same in this case as well.) And, lastly companies must ensure that whistle blowers aren’t persecuted.

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