How is independence of CAG guaranteed?

Q.  How is independence of CAG guaranteed?

1) President cannot remove CAG.
2) Expenses of his office are charged on Contingency Fund of India and are not voted upon.
3) His service conditions cannot be changed to his disadvantage after his appointment.

- Published on 15 Mar 17

a. 1, 2
b. 1, 3
c. 2, 3
d. All of the above

ANSWER: 1, 3
    Independence of CAG -

    The following provisions of Constitution safeguard and ensure the independence of CAG -

  • Though President appoints him, he can be removed only by a process mentioned in the Constitution. Thus he as security of tenure.

  • The salary and other conditions of service of the Comptroller and Auditor-General shall be such as may be determined by Parliament by law but neither the salary of a Comptroller and Auditor-General nor his rights in respect of leave of absence, pension or age of retirement shall be varied to his disadvantage after his appointment.

  • The Comptroller and Auditor-General shall not be eligible for further office either under the Government of India or under the Government of any State after he has ceased to hold his office.

  • The conditions of service of persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department and the administrative powers of the Comptroller and Auditor-General shall be prescribed by rules made by the President after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General.

  • The administrative expenses of the office of the CAG are charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India.

  • No minister can represent the CAG in Parliament.

  • No minister can be called upon to take any responsibility for any actions done by him.

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