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Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)

Posted on : 11 Jan 2020

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  • The Constitution has made the following provisions to safeguard and ensure the independence of CAG:
  • He is not eligible for further office, either under the Government of India or of any state, after he ceases to hold his office.
  • His salary and other service conditions are determined by the Parliament. His salary is equal to that of a judge of the Supreme Court.
  • The administrative expenses of the office of the CAG, including all salaries, allowances and pensions of persons serving in that office are charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India.

          Other Provisions:

  • He is provided with the security of tenure. He can be removed by the President only in accordance with the procedure mentioned in the Constitution. Thus, he does not hold his office till the pleasure of the President, though he is appointed by him.
  • Neither his salary nor his rights in respect of leave of absence, pension or age of retirement can be altered to his disadvantage after his appointment.
  • The conditions of service of persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department and the administrative powers of the CAG are prescribed by the President after consultation with the CAG.
  • No minister can represent the CAG in Parliament (both Houses) and no minister can be called upon to take any responsibility for any actions done by him.

Article Related Questions

  1. Under the Indian Constitutional Scheme how the independence of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is secured?
    1.He is barred from holding any government office after completion of his tenure.
    2.His salary except that of the staff is charged on the Public Account of India.
    Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : 1 only

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