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Appointment, Salary, Duties and Powers of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India:

Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG):

Appointment and Status:
1. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India is the most important officer under the Constitution.
2. He is appointed by the President by warrant under his hand and seal.
3. Oath of affirmation of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India is contained in third schedule of the constitution.
4. CAG of India can be removed from office only on an address from both Houses of Parliament, on the grounds of (i) proved misbehaviour, or (ii) incapacity. [Article 148(1)]
5. CAG of India holds office for 6 years or till 65 years of age.
6. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India not eligible for further office, either under the Government of India or of any state, after he ceases to hold his office.
Salary and other conditions of service:
1. The salary and other conditions of service of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India shall be such as may be determined by Parliament by Law.
2. His rights in respect of leave of absence and pension and other conditions of service are determined by Parliament by law.
3. Neither the salary of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India nor his rights of leave of absence, pension or age of retirement shall be varied to his disadvantage after his appointment.
4. His salary is charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India.[Article 148]


Duties and Powers of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India:

Article 149 of the Indian Constitution authorizes the Parliament to prescribe the duties and powers of CAG in relation to the accounts of the Union and of the States and of any other authority or body.

Provisions in Constitution:
1. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India shall perform such duties and exercises such powers in relation to the accounts of the Union and of the States and of any other authority or body as may be prescribed by or under any law made by Parliament.[Article 149]
2. The reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India relating to the accounts of the Union/States shall be submitted to the President/Governor who shall cause them to be laid before each House of Parliament/State Legislature as the case may be.[Article 151]
Provisions in Law
1. The CAG of India has to audit and report on all expenditure from the Consolidated Fund, Contingency Fund and Public Accounts of the Union, each State and Union Territory having a Legislative Assembly.
2. The CAG of India has to audit and report on all receipts of the Union, each State and Union Territory having legislature.
3. The CAG of India shall take up audit of the accounts of a Corporation or body established by law by legislature of Union or a State or a Union Territory having Legislative Assembly.
4. In short the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India acts as the custodian and trustees of public money.


List of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India:


List of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of IndiaTerm
V. Narahari Rao1948 - 1954
A. K. Chanda1954 - 1960
A. K. Roy1960 - 1966
S. Ranganathan1966 - 1972
A. Bakshi1972 - 1978
Gian Prakash1978 - 1984
T. N. Chaturvedi1984 - 1990
C. G. Somiah1990 - 1996
V. K. Shunglu1996 - 2002
V. N. Kaul2002 - 2008
Vinod Rai2008 - 2013
Shashi Kant Sharma2013 - 2017
Rajiv Mehrishi2017 to till date