GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Personnel, Public, Grievances and Pensions
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL AND TRAINING
STARRED QUESTION NO. 283
ANSWERED ON DECEMBER 13, 2012
WhistleBlower Protection Bill, 2011
*283. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government proposes to fast track passing of the Whistleblower Protection Bill, 2011, which in the long run can dilute corruption in bureaucracy;
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) if not, the reasons therefor?
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office
(SHRI V. NARA YANASAMY)
(a) to (c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERREED TO IN REPLY TO RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION N0.283 FOR 13.12.2012 BY SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR REGARDING “WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION BILL, 2011".
(a) & (b): Yes, Sir. The Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, 2011 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 27.12.2011 and transmitted to the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was listed for consideration on 28th and 29th December, 2011 but could not be taken up for discussion and passing in Rajya Sabha. The Bill came up for consideration and passing in the Rajya Sabha on 14.08.2012, but the discussions remained inconclusive. Government also gave notices dated 14.08.2012 and 17.08.2012 for moving certain official amendments to the said Bill. Thereafter, the said Bill was listed in the List of Business of the Rajya Sabha on a number of days during the remaining part of the Monsoon Session, but, the said Bill could not be taken up for consideration and passing by the Rajya Sabha.
Government has already given a notice dated 22.11.2012 to the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing of the Bill during the current Winter Session. A fresh notice for moving official amendments (in respect of the official amendments given notice of in August, 2012) was also sent to Rajya Sabha on 22nd November, 2012. Hence, the Government is keen to get the Bill passed at the earliest.
(c): Does not arise.