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This is with reference to the well-reasoned article by B P Mathur, (“The Meaning of the Attack on the CAG”, 15 September 2012) and the letter of Ramaswamy Iyer (“Role of CAG”, 6 October 2012) on the status and functioning of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), especially the unique position the institution enjoys in this country.

This is with reference to the well-reasoned article by B P Mathur, (“The Meaning of the Attack on the CAG”, 15 September 2012) and the letter of Ramaswamy Iyer (“Role of CAG”, 6 October 2012) on the status and functioning of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), especially the unique position the institution enjoys in this country. I would like to add some cognate issues that I consider relevant especially in the wake of the hullabaloo that followed the unearthing of instances of malfunctioning of the government, embracing civil, defence, railways, public sector undertakings and examples of reference to the CAG for inquiry into specific matters of significance for comments. While I do appreciate the typicality of the constitutional position of the CAG in India, distinct from both the UK and the US, as brought out by Iyer, I, nonetheless, consider the position of the CAG of India a halfway house between what could have been and what has actually been, casting a shadow on his independence and competency.

The obtaining gross inadequacies are underlined below seriatim:

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