Cong, govt drubs CAG for jab

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 08, 2013 23:11 hrs

Leaders of the ruling Congress party on Friday took on Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai for supposedly speaking against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's dispensation in the U.S.

Speaking at Harvard University´s Kennedy School on Thursday, Rai had said that the role of a public auditor should not be limited to submitting reports to Parliament.

Congress leader and information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari slammed Rai for criticising the government on foreign soil, saying constitutional authorities should circumscribe by "Lakshman Rekha" of propriety.

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said the CAG´s role is defined in the Constitution and all should work according to their defined role.

"He (CAG) is an accountant and remains one. Does he want to become Prime Minister," Singh said.

Singh also said, "If the judiciary does the work of the Executive, the CAG makes the Police and Civil Society makes laws, then how will the democracy function."

In his address, Rai had said, "Should we as public auditors limit our role to placing reports in Parliament or go beyond that and seek to sensitise public opinion on our audit observations, especially in the social sector such as rural health, primary education, water pollution, environment, drinking water etc?"

"We may not be able to wipe out corruption, but our endeavour is to uncover instances of crony capitalism. The government should be seen to support enterprise per se and not particular entrepreneurs," Rai said.

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