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Rajiv Mehrishi Takes Charge of Comptroller and Auditor General

Published on September 26, 2017
Rajiv Mehrishi, who is Former Home Secretary, took over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India

Rajiv Mehrishi Takes Charge  of Comptroller and Auditor General
He will succeed Shashi Kant Sharma who retired on September 23 2017.
He is the 13th CAG of India.
Mehrishi took oath in Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

About Rajiv Mehrishi

  • He is  a 1978 batch (retired) IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre
  • He worked as the Economic Affairs Secretary and Chief Secretary of Rajasthan.
  • He had also worked as Secretary in Departments of Chemicals and Fertilisers, and Overseas Indian Affairs.
  • He completed his two-year fixed term as Home Secretary in August 2017.
  • He will serve as CAG for a period of three years
  • He is entrusted with the responsibility of auditing the accounts of the Union government and of the State governments.

Who is CAG?

  • The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India is an authority which was established by the Constitution under Constitution of India/Part V - Chapter V/Subpart 7B/Article 148
  •  CAG audits all receipts and expenditure of the Government of India and the state governments
  • CAG is also the head of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the affairs of which are managed by officers of Indian Audit and Accounts Service, and has over 58,000 employees across the country.
  • The CAG is mentioned in the Constitution of India under Article 148 – 151.
  • The CAG is ranked 9th and enjoys the same status as a judge of Supreme Court of India in Indian order of precedence. 
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