CAG suggests a collegium for appointments like CVC

Against the backdrop of the recent controversy over the appointment of CVC, Comptroller and Auditor General on Friday suggested setting up of a collegium for appointing key functionaries like CAG, CVC and Election Commissioners.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 23:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of the recent
controversy over the appointment of CVC, Comptroller and
Auditor General on Friday suggested setting up of a collegium for
appointing key functionaries like CAG, Central Vigilance
Commissioner and the Election Commissioners.
"We suggest that the appointments for the CAG, CVC, Chief
Information Commissioner (CIC) and the Election Commissioners
be given to a collegium," CAG Vinod Rai said in a talk on
`Corruption Free Governance`, organised by the India
International Centre.

Collegium comprises a group of senior officials, each
with equal rank and power.

Earlier this month, slamming the Prime Minister-headed
High-Powered Committee, the Supreme Court quashed the
controversial appointment of P J Thomas as CVC, who is
facing a corruption case.
Rai said clean governance was essential in view of the
"deficit of ethics" being witnessed in different aspects of
public life.

He said powerful people or those close to them misuse
their positions.

"People who are close to power can, even if they are
imprisoned, take bail or take parole and they are free to walk
out of prison on flimsier ground," Rai said.

PTI