Topic– Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability
4) There is a need to strengthen the whistleblower protection mechanism not dilute it. Discuss in the context of proposed changes to whistleblower protection Bill?(250 words)
Why this question
While the Whistle Blowers Protection Act 2014 (WBP Act), passed to protect the whistle-blowers, has not yet been notified, an amendment Bill has been introduced, seeming to dilute the original statute rather than strengthening it. Hence there is a need to know about this amendment and discuss issues related to it.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to establish the need of a string whistleblower protection mechanism, talk about the proposed amendments to Whistleblower protection Bill and analyze why there is a need to strengthen it.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain why this issue is in news by talking about the amendment Bill.
- Explain why there is a need for strong whistleblower protection mechanism – you can highlight some of the rankings of India in Corruption Perceptions Index, issues with transparency etc that are direct fallout of poor whistleblower protection mechanism
- Discuss the changes proposed by the newly introduced bill and highlight why diluting the provisions would not be a good idea.
- Bring the other side of the debate with respect to official secrets act etc
Conclusion – Give a balanced view which brings out that strengthening the whistleblower protection mechanism will go a long way in ensuring that the integrity of the fourth pillar of democracy is protected, cherished and upheld.