ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Whistling in the Wind?

An alert citizenry is pivotal for democracy.

Accountability of institutions is one cornerstone of a democracy. Without accountability by institutions and on the part of those who man these institutions – the elected representatives and appointed officials – no society can claim to be fully democratic. Accountability must also extend to the private sector, especially the corporate sector which commands large resources and wields enormous influence.

There are a number of mechanisms, processes and rules to ensure accountability. One of them is providing protection to whistle-blowers – the individuals who risk their jobs and sometimes their personal safety as well to disclose an injustice or a violation of the law that affects public and national interest. Providing public services efficiently, punctually and without seeking bribes is another feature of accountable institutions.

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