April 28, 2011
Law minister of the Indian government Veerapa Moily has suggested a series of legal and administrative measures that can be taken immediately to improve governance and reduce corruption in India.
The most important of the 10 steps includes the establishment of whistleblower provisions modeled after the US False Claims Act. As in the US, citizens would be granted the right to bring actions against companies or individuals that are defrauding the government.
If such claims were proven in court, the guilty party would be required to pay up to 5 times the amount of injury sustained by the government or society, in some cases allowing for non-monetary losses to be quantified for the purposes of recovery.