Corruption is a multi faceted evil that has a wide range of corrosive effects on society: It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and it allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish. It adversely affects the growth of our economy, impedes attainment of social objectives, unnecessarily burdens the cost of doing business etc. etc. Besides, corruption hurts the poor disproportionately by diverting funds intended for development, undermining the government’s ability to provide basic services, feeding inequality and injustice and discouraging foreign aid and investment. Corruption is a key element in economic underperformance and the major obstacle to poverty alleviation and development.
Sadly successive Governments have done precious little to tackle this insidious plague. Despite directions from the Hon’ble Supreme Court, legislations such as the WhistleBlower Protection Act (Act) are yet to be notified, the current Act is intrinsically weak and hectic parleys are on to dilute it further. WhistleBlowers who have emerged, globally, as the most potent weapon to fight corruption have little confidence in the government machinery in India. Instead of encouraging and rewarding them, we have a tradition of “shooting the messenger”. Some have already paid with their lives. Others are now choosing to remain silent for fear of backlash. As a result, corruption continues to flourish unabated.
To fill this void, address the limited efficacy of the Act and acting in public interest, some distinguished members of the Civil Society, having an impeccable track record of integrity, experience & accomplishments, have resolved to constitute a FORUM to provide a credible national platform to the Whistle Blowers to instil in them the necessary confidence to make disclosures without fear, arrange for their objective and impartial investigation and help to take such cases to their logical conclusions in a time bound manner. This is expected to go a long way in significant reduction, if not eradication, of corruption and will serve the larger public interest.