Rajiv Mehrishi took over as the 13th Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on 25 September 2017, succeeding Shashi Kant Sharma, who left office on 22 September.
Mehrishi was administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi. Several dignitaries including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were present at the occasion.
His predecessor Shashi Kant Sharma had taken over as the CAG on 23 May 2013. Prior to his appointment, Sharma was serving as the defence secretary.
Term and Role of CAG
• The CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
• Since Mehrishi is currently 62 years old, he would be in office until 7 August 2020.
• As a constitutional functionary, the CAG is primarily responsible for auditing the accounts of the Union government, state governments and the bodies and authorities substantially financed by the government.
• The CAG enjoys the same status as a judge of Supreme Court of India in Indian order of precedence.
• The reports of the CAG are taken into consideration by the Public Accounts Committees (PACs) and Committees on Public Undertakings (COPUs), which are special committees in the Parliament of India and the state legislatures.
• The CAG is also the head of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department.
About Rajiv Mehrishi
• Mehrishi, who is a 1978 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, completed his two-year fixed term as the Home Secretary last month.
• He has previously held several posts in both his state cadre Rajasthan and in the Centre.
• Prior to his appointment as the home secretary, he worked as the economic affairs secretary and chief secretary of Rajasthan.
• Mehrishi has also worked as the secretary in departments of chemicals and fertilisers, and Overseas Indian Affairs.