Modi suggests constitution of multi-member CAG

Sushil Modi demanded transparency in the selection of a person for the post of the CAG and said that the qualification and process be made public.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2011, 21:14 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil
Kumar Modi on Wedesday suggested constitution of a multi-member
Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in view of
expanding jurisdiction of the country`s main auditor.

"I would like to suggest that the CAG should have more
than one member in view of the expanding jurisdiction of the
premier audit institution," he said at the concluding function
to celebrate 160 years of the foundation of the Indian Audit
and Account Service (IAAS).

Stating that a number of other constitutional
institutions like the Election Commission of India (EC) have a
multi-member team for discharge of their duties, Modi said
similar arrangements in the CAG will help function in a better
way.

He said that the suggestion for a multi-member CAG was
his personal view as the national auditor`s jurisdiction had
already grown susbtantially and might increase further with
projects under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and Panchayats
being handed over to the former for auditing in future.

Modi also demanded transparency in the selection of a
person for the post of the CAG and said that the qualification
and process should be made public for scrutiny.

Modi also sugegsted that CAG should be conferred with
legal powers to prosecute the guilty persons in the scams and
a mechanism should be evolved for retrieving the lost public
wealth in the scams.

The Deputy Chief Minister heaped praise on the CAG for
detecting scams, like 2G Spectrum, Adarsh Housing Society in
Mumbai, Fodder and flood relief scam in Bihar, but said that
the auditor should have prevented occurrence of the scams in
the first place by timely detecting excess withdrawal of money
from the treasury.

PTI