Rajeev Mehrishi has been appointed as Comptroller and auditor General (CAG) of India by succeeding Sashi Kant Sharma. Sashi Kant is going to retire on 24th of September, 2017. Earlier Rajeev Mehrishi was working as Home Secretary. A part from appointing new CAG, IAS officer Sunil Arora was appointed new Election Commissioner.
Rajeev Mahrishi is 1978 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan crade and holds a degree in business administration from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow. Prior to his business administration degree, he also has dome BA and MA both in History subject from St Stephen’s College, Delhi.
In his thirty years of career he has served in various important departments and key posts in center as well as in Rajasthan Government. In Rajasthan government ha was holding positions like Principal Resident Commissioner of Rajasthan, Principal Secretary (Finance) etc. Whereas Union Finance Secretary, Secretary (Overseas Indian Affairs) and Secretary (Fertilizers), Union home secretary were main positions that he has hold in the Centre before being appointed as CAG.
The CAG of India as an authority established according to Article 148 under sub-part 7B of 5th chapter of part v of constitution of India. Its details are mentioned mentioned in the Constitution of India under Article 148 – 151.
Major functions of Functions:
- The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India is responsible for auditing all expenses and receipts of:
A) Center Government.
B) State Governments.
C) Bodies and authorities to which Center Government provides Financial support.
- CAG acts as external auditor for organizations owned by Government.
- Conducts supplementary audit of government companies like non-banking/ non-insurance companies where the government has more than 50% equity share.
Who appoints CAG of India, term and Maximum Age?
President appoints the CAG of India on the recommendations of Prime minister of India. After being appointed its he or she has to take oath in front of President of India. CAG holds the office for 6 years or till the attainment of age equal to 65 years whichever occurs earlier. Allowances and pensions are provided are given from Consolidated Fund of India.