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Whistleblowers, RTI activists to get security

HT Correspondent  Chandigarh, October 09, 2012
First Published: 21:06 IST(9/10/2012) | Last Updated: 21:07 IST(9/10/2012)

The Haryana government has notified a policy to provide security to whistleblowers and Right to Information (RTI) activists.

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An official spokesman said on Tuesday that a whistleblower could be a person who made a complaint or exposed any government office or undertaking or company about an attempt to commit or commission of an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

He said an RTI activist was a person who might be under threat due to his continuous efforts to seek information regarding corruption or corrupt practice or malpractice or criminal offences in any government office, undertaking or company and may or may not be a whistleblower.

He said to seek security, a whistleblower or RTI activist or complainant or witness in a serious case who had perceived threat to his life or liberty, could submit an application to the district-level committee through the commissioner of police or district superintendent of police.

On receiving such an application, the committee would inquire the threat perception and call a threat analysis from the district inspector of police, criminal investigation department and such other authorities or offices.

He said: "Keeping in view the intensity of threat, security would be provided to whistleblowers or the RTI activists or complainants or witness in serious cases," adding that the process would be completed in a week.

This policy was first modified by the state home department on September 6, 2011, but was later amended on September 19, 2012.

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