New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday downplayed
Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai`s statement that the
credibility of government is at its lowest since Independence,
the quality of governance is below par and decision making is
Answering questions at the AICC briefing, party spokesman
Abhishek Singhvi recalled that the CAG was speaking at a
memorial lecture in a democratic country.
"Everybody is entitled to air his views. There is no doubt
that constitutional authority has to exercise requisite
restraint .....," he said.
Secondly, it is clear that no constitutional authority is
entitled to express any view on policy making or the merits of
the policy except that they can express their view which will
be entirely treated as their personal view, he said.
Delivering the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Memorial Lecture
at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, Rai had observed,
"Governance is at its lowest ebb. The morale of civil servants
is low. The situation is too deleterious for the nation. There
is too much at stake for too many in such a situation."
He had said, "It`s a strong statement but it is a harsh