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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 18.02.2016

A group of Officer Trainees of Indian Audit and Accounts Service (2015 batch) including 2 Officer Trainees from Royal Audit Authority of Bhutan called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (February 18, 2016).

Speaking on the occasion, the President welcomed the young officers including the officers from Royal Audit Authority of Bhutanto Rashtrapati Bhavan. He stated that the officer trainees have joined a Department which has a very old and traditional history.

The President said that the Indian Audit and Accounts Service Officersare directly responsible for looking into financial transactions and see that they were as per rules. They were an instrument to provide good governance and a welfare government. He stated that the officer trainees would be getting an opportunity to shoulder tremendous responsibility at very young age. He told them that this was not the end of their learning process. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, he said that they should learn as if they were to live forever. He stated that thebasic fundamental principle should be that no one can benefit illegally at the cost of public funds as these fundsdepict the trust of the public. He also quotedThomas Kempis andsaid that they should always keep in mind that a structure is lofty due to the deep foundation laid. It was important for them to have a strong foundation laid in the probation period. He wished the probationers all success in their future careers.

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

This release issued at 1600 hrs