Monday, September 13, 2010

Killed RTI activists are martyrs: Moily

Calling Right To Information (RTI) activists who have been killed 'martyrs', Law Minister Veerappa Moily Monday said that an act meant to protect whistleblowers will be tabled in the winter session of parliament beginning mid-November.

'The RTI activists like Amit Jethva and Satish Shetty are martyrs. I salute them,' Moily said.

Social activist Satish Shetty, who had blown the whistle on a series of land scams in and around Talegaon, Lonavala and Pimpri-Chinchwad near Pune, was brutally murdered near his residence in January.

Amit Jethva was killed near the Gujarat High Court in Ahmedabad in July after he raised his voice against illegal mining in the Gir forests area.

'These RTI activists have contributed a lot to the country,' Moily said adding that an act to protect whistleblowers will be tabled during the winter session of parliament.

Under a bill cleared by the cabinet last month, the onus of protecting the identity of whistleblowers will be on the Central Information Commission.

IMO: I certainly agree with Moily. Let us hope that useful legislation is obtained, and that further violence is avoided.


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