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CAG Watchdog or Lapdog

The number of times the state was in overdraft and the period for which it was in overdraft can also be a pointer to the efficacy of financial management of the state.

Selecting the Next CAG

of the BJP danger. Rao actually embarked on a course which marked a break with what was the national consensus on economic, social, political and foreign policies of independent India. K K Tiwari of the Congress dissidents may be a brash politician, but he is not far wrong when he berates Rao for hobnobbling with the BJPand for active neutrality, if not open support, for the BJP to improve the chances of his continuation as the prime minister, presiding over a rag-tag coalition. While Rao pretended to be a votary of democratic consensus, especially since he headed a minority government, secretiveness. deviousness and obfuscation. rather than transparency and accountability to parliament and people, be it on questions concerning economic policy, social commitments, religious tolerance and secularism or foreign policy issues, have characterised his functioning as THE present comptroller and audi tor general (CAG) C G Somiah is retiring in March 1996. Normally a successor is appointed about six months before the CAG retires. The appointment is made by the president of India. It is about time that the search for a suitable person to fill this important constitutional post gets underway. With so many pressing and serious political problems distracting the attention of the government, it is doubtful if the selection of the CAG will be an item high on the agenda of the government which has to propose the name of the next CAG for the approval of the president.

Public Accountability and Audit in India

Central to any study of accountability in government is the role of government audit, which has a vital role in helping the executive and the legislature to ensure that public money is spent properly and to assure the public that it gets value for its money The Indian constitution has conferred complete independence and extensive powers on the auditor general to enable him to discharge his functions unhindered by anyone.
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