While Whistleblowers Protection Amendment Bill, 2015, was moved in the Upper House yesterday by Union Minister Jitendra Singh, the Juvenile Justice Bill is listed for consideration and passage today.
Hussain Dalwai of Congress gave the notice for referring the Whistleblowers Protection Bill to the panel while another Congress member, Shantaram Naik, moved similarly on the Juvenile Bill. The notices have been signed by members from NCP, SP, DMK, AIADMK CPI-M, CPI and JD-U.
When contacted, Naik, who is also a signatory to the notice on the Whistleblowers Bill, said that the amendments that the NDA government has introduced will discourage people from giving information.
Another signatory to the notice on the anti-graft measure, KC Tyagi (JD-U), said the Bill requires a look by the Select Committee as a number of changes have been brought into it.
The National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information (NCPRI) had a few months back written to MPs of Rajya Sabha urging them to move amendments to refer the Whistleblowers Protection Amendment Bill, 2015, to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha to enable proper public consultation, debate and deliberation on the proposed legislation.

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