Fri, 14 Mar | Public talk by Nikhil Dey on the Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2014

Dear All,

You are invited to a public talk by Nikhil Dey on the Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2014

When: Friday, 14th March, 2014

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Alternative Law Forum, 122/4 Infantry Road, (next to Balaji Art Gallery, close to Medinova Diagnostics)

About the Whistblowers Protection Act, 2014: Two years after it was passed in the Lok Sabah, the Whistblowers Protection Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabah, on February 21st 2014.This bill replaces a 2004 government resolution that empowered the CVC to receive, and act on complaints.

The objective of this bill is to protect “whistleblowers” – people who make public interest discloures regarding the abuse of power, corruption or committing of a criminal offence by a public official.The bill states that the disclosure may be made by a public servant or any other person including NGO’s to the State or Central Vigilance Commission. It lays out the measures that the Vigilance Commission can enact for the protecion of a complainant: including concealing the identity of the complainant, and giving directons to a public servant to protect the complainant.

Though the legislation has certain important safeguards for whistleblowers in it, many provisions which the NCPRI suggested have been ommited. These include, setting a time limit for investigation, allowing anonymous complaints and including the private sector under the ambit of the bill.

About the Speaker: Nikhil Dey is a senior social activist who is a founder member of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan(MKSS), a non-partisan peoples movement based in Rajasthan. The MKSS works with workers and peasants in the villages of Central Rajasthan. It was set up by the people of the area in 1990 to strengthen participatory democratic processes. MKSS has been one of the first organisations to push for setting up the RTI Act and Nikhil Dey has been an integral part of the campaign. He is also a co-convenor for the National Campaign for right to Information (NCPRI) . The NCPRI’s endeavour is to deepen democracy and achieve Constitutional principles through the use of the RTI. He has also been engaged with other important campaigns like those of the Right to Food, Right to Work, Election Watch and a range of human rights issues. Nikhil Dey has also been a part of the Central Employment Guarantee Council which oversees the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi rural Emplyment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). He has written extensively on RTI and other related matters along with Aruna Roy and other members of MKSS.

Entry is free, and all are welcome.