Former Secretary of the Home Ministry, Rajiv Mehrishi avowed his commitment to the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India on 25th September 2017. He took the mantle from former CAG Shashi Kant Sharma who demitted the post on 22nd September 2017 and held the post since 2013. The oath or affirmation of the office was made by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.
Facts Related to Rajiv Mehrishi
- He is 1978 Batch, retired IAS Officer belonging to the Rajasthan cadre.
- His tenure would be about three years long until August 2020 as he is currently 62 years old.
- He held the post of Home Secretary for a fixed tenure of 2 years, before his appointment.
Facts Related to Shashi Kant Sharma
- He is a 1976 Batch, retired IAS Officer of Bihar Cadre.
- He held the post since 2013 and was a Defense Secretary before his appointment to the office.
Facts Related to Comptroller and Auditor General of India
- Details relating to the appointment, term, and role of the office are laid down in Articles 148-151 of the Constitution.
- The Prime minister nominates the name of CAG, and the President of India seals his appointment.
- The term of CAG in the position of responsibility is for six years or till the appointee attains the age of 65, whichever comes earlier.
- The functions of the CAG office are primarily the auditing of accounts of central and state governments, corporations owned by the government bodies, and authorities which use considerable finances from government resources.
- The CAG reports are placed in the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament and the Committees on Public Undertakings, in Central and State Legislatures.
- In the term of CAG Vinod Rai, the predecessor of Shashi Kant Sharma, various government scams like 2G Spectrum scam, Commonwealth Games Scam, Coal Mine Allocation scams were unveiled.