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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 18.02.2015

A group of 24 Officer Trainees of Indian Audit and Accounts Service including 2 Officer Trainees from Royal Audit Authority of Bhutan (2014 batch) called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (February 18, 2015).

Welcoming the Officer Trainees, the President said theAudit and Accounts Service is one of the most important services in our country and has an important history. An Accountant General was first created in 1858. The Post was then re-designated as the Auditor General of India under the Government of India Act, 1935. Under the Constitution of post-Independent India, it came to be known as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

The President said the Indian Constitution envisages the CAG as an independent constitutional authority.The Constitution has given the CAG a mandate to help the Legislature to keep eye on the Executive. In our parliamentary democracy, the CAG advises the legislature by pointing out mistakes and deviations in expenditure. The need to ensure the independence of the CAG was extensively debated in the Constituent Assembly and it was provided that the CAG can be removed only by impeachment. The character, content and size of the Indian economy has vastly changed over the years and this requires that the Service constantly upgrades the skills of its officers.He wished the officers well in their jobs and asked them to uphold the highest professional standards.

The Officer Trainees are presently undergoing their professional training at National Academy of Audit and Accounts, Shimla.

This release issued at 1700 hrs