Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Mehrishi is the next Comptroller and Auditor General of India. He is all set to take over as the next CAG after Shri Shashi Kant Sharma retires from the current position on 25th September 2017.
About Rajiv Mehrishi
Rajiv Mehrishi is a 1978-batch IAS Officer belonging to the Rajasthan cadre. He has done Business Administration from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow. He also did his Bachelors of Arts in History and Masters in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. His bureaucratic career spans over 30 years and he has served in various key positions in both, the Centre and Rajasthan State Government.
Rajiv Mehrishi held the positions of Chief Secretary of Rajasthan, Principal Resident Commissioner of Rajasthan, Principal Secretary (Finance) and also served as the Union Finance Secretary, Secretary (Overseas Indian Affairs) and Secretary (Fertilizers) in the Centre. In August 2015, he was appointed the Union Home Secretary. He retired from this position in July 2017.
About Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India
- Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is a constitutional office under Article 148.
- CAG is appointed by the President of India by warrant under his hand for period of six (6) years or up to the age of 65 years, whichever comes earlier.
- CAG conditions and services are prescribed by the Parliament via CAG (conditions and services) Act, 1953 (as amended in 1971.)
- Allowances and pensions payable to or in respect of persons in that office are charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI).
- The removal process of a CAG is as tough and similar to the removal process of a Supreme Court Judge.
- CAG is not eligible for any office under Government of India post-retirement because of these conditions of independence given to CAG’s office. The CAG’s report is given due respect and made as reference.
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Functions
CAG suggests the account-keeping of the Union and State with the approval of the President of India. It exercises power with regards to the account of union and state or any other enterprise funded by the Government of India as may be prescribed by law made by the parliament.
The CAG reports to the President and Governors on the accounts of union and state, respectively.
The President presents these reports to the Parliament.
In 1976, the accounting was separated from audition and handed over to other agencies, and hence, is not part of the CAG’s duty.