The Joint Parliamentary Committee of Parliament has presented its report on the ‘Personal Information Protection Bill’. This bill can take the form of law only after a few days in the next session of Parliament. Six of the 30 members of this committee have expressed their dissent with the bill. The purpose of this bill is to protect the privacy of government, institutions and individuals. In other words, keeping a watch on their transactions, statements, activities, correspondence, etc., that is, to see that no anti-national activity is being carried out silently. For this surveillance, it is necessary to make the detective system highly capable and agile. From this point of view, any government would like that there should be no restriction on its espionage work. He can do uninterrupted spying on whomever he wants. personal data protection bill
For this purpose, there is a preparation to make this bill a law, but the Pegasus scandal has created such a strong atmosphere against personal espionage in the country that this bill will become a law in this form, it is less likely, because it gives absolute authority to the government. is giving. According to its Article 35, agencies of the government can spy on any person or organization on the pretext of ‘peace and order’, ‘sovereignty’, ‘security of the state’ and no one shall have the right to object. Any person who sees his privacy being violated can neither approach the court, nor complain to any government body, nor can he approach the Parliament.
That is, the government can do complete unbridled espionage. In the report prepared by the Justice Shrikrishna Committee in 2018, there was a provision for the court to curb this autocracy of the government. But in this bill, only the officials of the government will play the role of the judge. No committee of Parliament has also been given any powers to supervise. What will be the result of this? The privacy of citizens will be violated. The ruling people will get their opponents to spy fiercely. Fundamental rights given in the constitution will be violated. It is true that keeping a close watch on terrorists, smugglers, criminals, thugs, foreign touts etc. is an essential duty of any government, but if human rights are violated in its name, then it is a violation of the Indian Constitution and democracy. I hope that the ruling BJP-Alliance MPs will also present their unbiased views on this issue during the parliamentary debate.