G.C. Murmu Appointed as New CAG

G.C. Murmu Appointed as New CAG
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The President of India Ram Nath Kovind appointed Girish Chandra Murmu as the new CAG on August 4 2020. He assumed office as the Comptrollar and Auditor-General of India the same Day.

G.C. Murmu Appointed as New CAG

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About G.C. Murmu

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G.C. Murmu was born on November 21, 1959 in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. He served as Joint Secretary in the Department of Expenditure, Additional Secretary in the Department of Financial Services and Department of Revenue. He also served as Special Secretary in the Department of Expenditure and later on appointed as the full-fledged Secretary of the same Department. Murmu was Principal Secretary to Narendra Modi during his tenure as Gujrat Chief Minister.

G.C. Murmu, a 1985-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre holds a post graduate degree in Political Science from Utkal University. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of Brimingham. Murmu completed his schooling at Baripada.

Before his appoinment as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India he was serving as the Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. His tenure as the new CAG will be up to November 20, 2024. He succeeded Rajiv Mehrishi, a 1978 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre who completed his term on August 7 2020.

CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG) of India is a constitutional functionary, primarily entrusted with the responsibility of auditing the accounts of the central and state government. Established by Article 148 of the Constitution of India , CAG audits all expenditures and receipts of the Centre and the States, including those of bodies and authorities substantially financed by the Government.

The CAG also has the responsibility of auditing Government owned corporations and to conduct supplementary audit of government companies .

CAG reports are laid before Parliament and legislatures of the states and taken into consideration by the Public Accounts Committees(PACs) and Committees on Public Undertakings (COPUs). PACs and COPUs are special committees in the Parliament of India and state legislatures.

The CAG is nominated by the Prime Minister of India and appointed by the President India and is the head of the Indian Accounts and Audit Department. The term of CAG is 6 years or up to 65 years of age whichever is earlier.

Constitutional Provisions

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The CAG is mentioned in the Constitution of India under several Articles and two Schedules.

Article 148

The Article 148 of the Indian Constitution laid down the provisions of appointment, eligibility, oath, salaries, allowances, pensions and other conditions of service of the CAG.

Article 149

The Article 149 of the Indian Constitution deals with the duties and powers of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Article 150

The Article 150 of the Indian Constitution defines the Form of Accounts of the Union and the States. The account should be kept in such forms as the President advices the CAG.

Article 151

The Article 151 of the Indian Constitution described about the submission of reports relating to accounts of both Union and States.

The reports relating to the accounts of the Union shall be submitted to the president whereas that of the State to the Governor of the State concerned.

Article 279

The Article 279 of the Indian Constitution deals with the certification of net proceeds by the CAG.

Third Schedule

The Third Schedule of the Constitution of India prescribes the form of oath or affirmation to be made by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India at the time of assumption of office.

Sixth Schedule

The Sixth Schedule includes the provisions as to the Administration of Tribal Areas in the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.

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