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FAQs on Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informer Resolution, 2004 (PIDPI)

A. PIDPI stands for Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers Resolution.

A. The resolution is available on CVC website and its link is also available on BHEL websiteLink

A. The Hon’ble Supreme Court while hearing the writ petition related to murder of Satyendra Dubey had desired that a suitable mechanism be put in place for action on whistle blower complaints till suitable legislation is enacted. The resolution is a result of that.

A. The PIDPI provides for mechanism for action on whistle blower complaints and provide protection against possible victimisation to the complainant.

A. The Central Vigilance Commission is the Designated Agency.

A. The complaint under PIDPI should be sent to the CVC or to the CVO of the Ministry concerned. The Ministry in case of BHEL is Ministry of Heavy Industries.

A. The PIDPI complaint should be in a closed/ secured envelope and should be sent by post to Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission. The envelope should clearly be inscribed with “Complaint under the Public Interest Disclosure” or “PIDPI”. Complaints received through emails, Complaint Management Portal or any other electronic medium will not be entertained.

A. They will send the complaint to CVC without opening it, provided the envelope clearly inscribes the envelope with “Complaint under the Public Interest Disclosure” or “PIDPI”.

A. No. Disclosing name and address is mandatory. However, there are provisions that ensure non-disclosure of identity of complainant to outsiders.

A. The CVC first verifies the identity of complainant by writing to him and seeking confirmation of having made the complaint. Once the complainant verifies the sending of complaint, all other action on complaint is done by CVC after removing all details that can disclose the identity of complainant.

A. While the complaint is forwarded for action, the name and address of the complainant, or the signature line is removed. Additionally, the CVC also removes any details from the body of complaint that can disclose the identity of complainant.

A. Yes, so while drafting the complaint, the complainant should not include any details in the body of the complaint that has the potential to disclose his identity. Thus, there would be no need to remove any details of the complaint.

A. The complainant must ensure that his name and address is written at the beginning or at the end of complaint or on a separate sheet of paper and nowhere else. Additionally, the complainant must clearly write “Complaint under the Public Interest Disclosure” or “PIDPI” on the top of envelope containing compliant. This also ensure that the envelope is not opened by any one other than authorised person in CVC.

A. The post offices have instructions that they will not insist on name and address of sender on envelope, when the envelope is marked to CVC and the words “Complaint under the Public Interest Disclosure” or “PIDPI” are written on its top.

A. No. The copies of complaints under PIDPI resolution should not be sent to anyone other than CVC, else the identity of the complainant may not remain protected.

A. The complainant must refrain from entering into any further correspondence with CVC regarding his complaint once he has responded to the CVC regarding confirmation of having sent the complaint.

A. Such an act will be deemed to be misconduct on part of that government employee and will be liable for disciplinary action in accordance with service rules.

A. Whenever, the allegations are found to be true, action against persons /entities responsible for the violation of the rules, regulations and/or policies of the concerned organisation is taken.

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