Maintaining that auditors cannot simply be "cheer leaders", Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai said their mandate is to hold the government financially accountable to the legislature.
Coming out in support of CAG Vinod Rai, former officials of the government auditor Wednesday accused the Congress party and the government of running a campaign against the institution of CAG.
Former CAG official R P Singh, who has stirred a controversy, has rejected the allegations that the Congress has put him up to defend the government on the audit report on 2G.
The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General Friday refused to join issue over a former auditor`s claims on 2G spectrum allocation that have sparked a political row.
After the flop 2G spectrum auction that yielded only Rs.9,407 crore, Govt and the Congress Thursday questioned the CAG`s estimated loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore in the spectrum allocation of 2001.
The government on Sunday did a flip-flop on converting the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) into a multi-member body.
The government on Wednesday said CAG Vinod Rai`s remarks that there was a "brazenness" with which decisions were taken apply to him as well.
CAG Vinod Rai`s reports on irregularities in coal block allocations and 2G telecom spectrum had created a major political storm.
CAG Vinod Rai on Saturday cautioned that India cannot achieve and sustain high growth rate without transparency and accountability.
Under attack from the government,Vinod Rai on monday said the institution was aware that State actions cannot be measured solely in terms of money.
Congress again targeted CAG Vinod Rai alleging that some people have the "penchant of seeking to become a hero by adding zeros" in their report.
Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai has said that the findings are "rational and undisputable" and will stand any minute scrutiny.
Some Congress members of Parliament`s PAC`s on Friday questioned the need for a meeting by the CAG on the issue of coal block allocations saying much of it has already come in public domain.
At a time when the Congress is facing a stiff political battle over auditor’s report on coal blocks allocation, party general secretary opened a new front against CAG Vinod Rai by accusing him of harbouring political ambitions.
The office Comptroller and Auditor General has made public the educational record of present incumbent Vinod Rai after a controversy regarding his missing service records hit media headlines.
CAG posted Vinod Rai`s high school certificate showing his date of birth and the letter of his appointment as CAG on its official website.
The crucial service records of Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai are not traceable with the Personnel ministry, an RTI reply has revealed.
The Comptroller General of the United States of America,
Government Accountability Office (GAO) Gene Dodaro met CAG
Vinod Rai and complimented him for training and infrastructure.
CAG Vinod Rai said that democracy was at the "crossroads" and it was time for the "silent majority" to speak up.
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