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6) Although the Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2014 was passed by the Lok Sabha, it is not yet operationalised. Analyse the importance of having a strong Whistleblowers Protection Act. Also comment a how does strong Whistleblowers Protection Act compliment right to information act.

Topic:  Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information; Challenges of corruption

6) Although the Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2014 was passed by the Lok Sabha, it is not yet operationalised. Analyse the importance of having a strong Whistleblowers Protection Act. Also comment a how does strong Whistleblowers Protection Act compliment right to information act. (150 Words)

Why this question?

Question directly related to GS-4 syllabus topics – corruption, RTI and Transparency in information sharing. No such question asked in GS-4, but they might ask. This question is relevant in Paper-2.   

Key demand of the question:

Write about need for strong whistleblowers protection act and also write how whistleblowing coupled with RTI can be a potent tool against corruption. 

Directive Word:

Analyse: Divide answer into parts and within each part examine and comment about question’s demand. 

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction write about importance of protecting whistleblowers and also mention why it’s crucial for country like India which is beset with scams.  

Define whistleblowing. 

In the body, in TWO mains parts, and sub-parts within them, analyse importance and relationship between RTI and whistleblowing act. Do give facts to support all arguments.   

In the conclusion write a comment on government’s agenda and lack of political will. But write a conclusion that’s critical and thoughtful. 

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