Govt wants to make CAG its agent: Arvind Kejriwal

A report has claimed that the government is considering converting the Comptroller and Auditor General into a multi-member body.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: A day after a report claimed that the government was considering converting the Comptroller and Auditor General into a multi-member body, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that the government wanted to make the CAG its agent.

Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai’s reports have given the opposition the much-needed ammo against the UPA government. He has been under fire from various ministers and Congress functionaries.

The selection process of the CAG should be independent from politics and should be investigated, added Kejriwal.

"When CAG was coming out with strong reports, government tried to suppress it. We feel that it should be completely independents of politicians. Even the opposition should not have a say in the selection of CAG. Because in some state opposition in power and in some state government is in power," he added.
On Sunday, however, the government did a flip-flop on converting the CAG into a multi-member body. Minister of State in the Prime Minister`s Office V Narayanasamy had told news agency PTI in an interview that the government was considering a former CAG`s suggestion for making the official auditor a multi-member body.

"It (Shunglu panel`s suggestion to make changes in CAG) is under active consideration. The government is actively considering it," Narayanasamy had said during the interview.

He, however, later backtracked and denied making any such remarks. The minister told television channels that he was "misquoted". Notably, the CAG is appointed under Article 148 of the Constitution, and this provision is only for a single member body.