Vietnam offers cash rewards to whistle blowers

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Whistle blowers will be rewarded with cash bonuses worth up to 30 times as much as the basic monthly wage, according to a draft prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Vietnamnet said.


Vietnam's basic wage now is VND730,000 (US$37.53).


The new bill, drafted in cooperation with government inspectorate under the order of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, targets Vietnamese, overseas Vietnamese and foreigners.


According to the draft, those who are given the Medal of courage will recieve rewards worth 30 times as much as the basic wage. It will be 20 times for those are awarded PM's Certificate of merit, and 10 times for those who receive certificates from ministries and provinces.


Which certificate or medal will be given to people who report corruption will depend on the corruption's scale, according to the news source.


In a recent conference honoring 88 whistle blowers, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong ordered the Central Steering Committee of Preventing Corruption to cooperate with the Ministry of Public Security to finalize new whistle blower protection laws this month.


It was the first time Vietnam honored people for fighting public corruption, Vietnamnet said.


Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has also submitted a draft to the government to provide allowances worth 0.5 percent of the basic wage to officials working at agencies that fight corruption.


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