ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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CAG: A Necessary Evil or a Bulwark?

In the past fi ve decades, the CAG's audit reports, however incisive, were received with general apathy by the government. Contrast this with the follow-up on the Commonwealth Games, Adarsh, 2G and Coalgate reports, which have all triggered criminal cases of one kind or the other. The institution of CAG has suddenly come of age and has realised its public responsibility. A startled government in power has been fl oundering to fi nd a credible reaction. There have been two predictable lines of response - to question the jurisdiction and mandate of the CAG and to question the "presumptive" loss computed by the agency, implying that the reports have no credibility. In other words the main approach has been to "shoot the messenger".

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