Some of India’s prominent citizens have come together and set up a platform to hear complaints of corruption from whistleblowers. Disappointed by the government for not doing much even after whistleblowers came up with cases about the misuse of power, people set-up the Citizens Whistleblowers Forum.
The founding member of the Citizens Whistleblowers Forum includes people like Advocate Prashant Bhushan, Former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, Justice(retd.) A.P. Shah, who is also its Chairperson, social activist Aruna Roy, Admiral L. Ramdas(retd.), a founding member of the Association of Democratic Reforms Jagdeep Chhokar and former Bureaucrat E.A.S Sharma.
The aim of the forum
Established as Citizens Whistleblowers Forum (CWF), the main aim of the forum is to act as a credible body and unique platform to encourage whistleblowers so that they can come forward without any fear to expose corruption and misuse of power.
For past several years, many whistleblowers have come forward, but due to lack of proper mechanism and government’s inability to provide the security, they are no longer approaching the authorities. Instead, they prefer to contact the media. But, most of the times cases are either ignored or keep waiting beneath the several other pending case files.
The CWF is indeed a great step to bring back the lost confidence in the whistleblowers. The Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2011 has received the President’s assent and was also passed in both the houses of the Parliament.
The CWF has released set of demands such as, immediate notification of Whistleblowers Protection Act, the appointment of Lokpal under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act and placing CBI under the administrative control of Lokpal.