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Vinod Rai demits CAG office

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Outgoing Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai greets the media after his farewell party in New Delhi on Wednesday.
PTI Outgoing Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai greets the media after his farewell party in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Shashi Kant Sharma will take over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Thursday, succeeding Vinod Rai who demitted office today after an eventful five-and-a-half years during which the audit body was locked in confrontations with the government.

Mr. Rai, who earlier drew flak from government and ruling parties for holding press conferences and interacting with media, on Wednesday thanked media persons just before demitting office.

“It is because of all of you that this institution has been able to function independently. I hope you continue to extend support to the institution,” he said, but did not take any questions.

The 61-year old Sharma would be administered oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday.

Mr. Sharma a 1976-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer is currently the Defence Secretary. He holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of York.

Like Mr. Rai, Sharma too has served as Secretary in the Department of Financial Services. He has spent over 10 years in the Defence Ministry in various capacities.

The CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

Mr. Sharma's appointment comes at a time when the CAG has come under sharp attack from the government for its assessment of Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss in allocation of 2G spectrum.

Under Mr. Rai's tenure, the CAG was accused of going beyond its auditing ambit and indulging in analysing policy decisions.

Mr. Rai, however had hit back saying the government just wanted the CAG to be an accountant.

Just a few days before Mr. Rai's retirement, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the chief auditor had done a "disservice" to India story by bringing out "hugely exaggerated and mythical numbers" in public discourse.

The new CAG, Mr. Sharma, will have to handle the audit report on AgustaWestland chopper deal, among others. He was closely associated with the deal from its early days till its completion in 2010.

CAG reports on 2G spectrum and coal block allocations during Mr. Rai's tenure had triggered a number of controversies and raised the hackles of the government, besides bringing in the concept of presumptive loss in audit.

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Vinod Rai, an officer and a gentleman as CAG will be well remembered
for his honesty, diligence, righteousness, integrity & ethics for
decades together by the populace of India. The Nation is proud of Mr
Rai's deft handling of the numerous scams & scandals by pin pointing
the loop-holes; denuding the scandalous ongoings in various
ministries, departments, projects & other contractual mega business
deals, both within & outside the country. His assessment of Rs 1.76
lakh crore loss in allocation of the 2G spectrum drew ire & anguish
from the UPA2 Govt; so much so an attempt was initiated by decrying
the mega loss a fake one, pronounced & diluted to be just a 'ZERO'
only; naming it an exaggerated losses! Out & out desired it to be a
fit moribund predicament! However, the undaunting & swashbuckling
behaviour of the gentleman CAG Mr Vinod Rai could not be obliterated
&/or negated by the all powerful ministries:He being an independent &
authority as per the Constitution of India. Kudos to the great son of
Bihar (India) for his boldness, prowess, hardihood & audaciousness in
facing the combined onslaught of the affected high-ups in the
Governmental hierarchy!

from:  avtar chauhan
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 09:26 IST

A true patriot and a genuine HERO.. India need so many Heroes with likes
of Shri Vinod Rai to get the rid of this rotten system.

Salute to real Bharat Ratna Shri Vinod Rai.

from:  Satya
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 09:59 IST

Great service to the nation and its citizens.
Such men are models of public service and serve as ideals for youth

from:  Raghav
Posted on: May 24, 2013 at 09:32 IST

Sir, You had made an extraordinary service to the country and its people by the fearless expose of the scams under your stewardship. As is rightly pointed out by many, Mr. T.N. Seshan showed the people of India, the powers vested with Election Commission and you showed the powers the CAG is vested with. But for you CAG would have been another constitutional body, which many people would never have had any interest in. If not for you the Prime Minister would have always been believed as Mr. Clean, though now it has been exposed by some of his action/inaction the he is not eligible for Mr. Clean image.

Let the politicians and those affected by your audits try to insinuate or cast aspersions on you, but common man will always remember you for your service to this country.

Wishing you a very happy, peaceful and cheerful retired life.

from:  J. SUBRAMANIAN
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 18:25 IST

Thank you sir,We are proudly to say that at least we have got one
taller man rendered "Great Service" to our beloved nation without fear
and favour to any body.

from:  A.SESHAGIRI
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 16:54 IST

Thanks Sir , You have done your true duty and server our mother land honestly and much more better than these robbers.Salute to you Sir.

from:  ram sumiran sharma
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 16:18 IST

Thanks sir, for giving us an institution after Election Commission, which people of India can look upon with hope and trust.


Salute to you sir

from:  Madhav Rao
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 12:45 IST

Whether you agree with the 2G figures or not, one has to appreciate the sincerity
with which he held the position of half a decade. People in our country didn't even
know the role of CAG before Mr. Rai highlighted its importance. Subsequent
governments in India for decades have kept CAG as mere accountant and this is
where Mr. Rai stands tall and way above every one else. He has done true service to
the nation.

from:  Siddharth Pandit
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 11:20 IST

The existence of the office of CAG is made known to the public by this great man. This is similar to the one Mr.T N Sheshan did.

from:  J Venkat
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 08:28 IST

GOOD BYE Sir........ Thanks for your hard work and I don't think that the one to be in your designation will fulfill your place. THANKS AGAIN>

from:  S. Mani
Posted on: May 23, 2013 at 03:09 IST

Salute to Mr.Vinod rai,He has done great work during his tenure.He sets a milestone to his successors

from:  Rambharosae Singh
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 21:20 IST

First of all wish you a happy retirement life sir. It will be a very big loss for the country and the to the faith in CAG. The appointment of new CAG is quite disappointing

from:  Prasanth
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 20:55 IST

With the feelings of patriotism and in support of the innocent struggling indians against the antnationlists, I congratulate Sri Vinoth Rai and thank him for his excellent sincere service to the Nation. I pray the GOD for all the Blessings showered on him with a long healthy and happy life !

from:  Raja
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 20:36 IST

All kudos to Shri Vinod Rai who gave a new directions to the auditing,
particularly of Performance Audit, and the courage he exhibited in
unearthing misdeeds of the Government during his tenure as CAG. The
citizens of country will remember him and his contribution in raising
the effectiveness of the office of CAG in the same way as the citizens
of the country still remember Shri T N Seshan, who showed teeth in the
institution of Election Commission.By coming of such persons only, the
faith in the system of governance continues. The country will remain
obliged to Shri Rai.

from:  S S Prasad
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 20:33 IST

Wish you very happy retirement life. You have done great service to the nation by exposing many scams.

from:  Abdulkadar
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 20:25 IST

As a citizen I think his work was much appreciable in contrast to other
govt officers who are just puppets of politicians. Wish him a happy and
active retirement life.

from:  Gautam
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 20:16 IST

Mr.Vinod rai did a good job. But for his estimation of loses, nobody would have taken any interest in probing the actual loss and the wrong procedure followed in both 2G scam as well as Coal scam. Perhaps,Mr. Tiwary wants CAG to just inform PM or FM about the procedure manipulation and enormous loss and keep quite. Common man in India would prefer somebody who will blow whistle when need arises.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 20:06 IST

Mr.Vinod Rai richly deserves our good wishes. The sturdy Oak that the IAAD is, its
fond farewell to this leader is evident from the picture. An old warhorse from the
Audit stable, I bless him with the best of everything that appeals to him. I most
certainly protest against the cavalier manner in his successor had been chosen and
the disregard of the globally recognized IAAS. Having said that, I welcome Mr.Sharma
to the Fold and hope that the Audit muscularity captivates him, as much as it did
Mr.Rai.

from:  Soundararajan Srinivasa
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 19:47 IST

hats off to you Sir......
You have showed that what is a CAG and we came to know that something
like CAG is also in our INDIA like T. N. Sheshan showed that something
like Election Commission exists in India and we are able to see current
form of Election Commission, I hope same to happen with The Office of
The CAG of India...................

from:  Saurabh Rajput
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 19:23 IST

We Salute you Sir for all the sincerity and courage that you had shown in revealing the truth.

from:  Bharadwaj
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 19:16 IST

"Any connection between this happening and the UPA II's celebrations
today are purely a coincidence".

from:  N.S.Rajan
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 19:14 IST

The real Bharat Ratna. We should give Bharatratna award to him

from:  Satish
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 19:07 IST
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