Whistleblowers who fear threat to life or harassment can seek security from the government. The Department of Personnel and Training has authorised Chief Vigilance Officers, who act as distant arm of Central Vigilance Commission, to take a decision on providing security to whistleblowers.
"If CVOs in the ministries or department, either on the application of the complainant or on the basis of the information gathered, are of the opinion that either the complainant or the witnesses need protection, they shall take up the matter with the Central Vigilance Commission for issuing appropriate directions to the authorities concerned," DOPT said in an order.
DoPT has issued a detailed procedure for handling of complaints under Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers Resolution to be followed by the Chief Vigilance Officers of central government ministries and departments.
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