Saturday, December 18, 2010

Canadian top auditor airs views in support of bureaucrats, what's in Rai's mind?

AS Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai’s team is unearthing one corruption after another in Indian government, here is an interesting observation on bureaucrats by his Canadian counterpart. Auditor General of Canada Sheila Fraser recently commented that she had not found the kind of “inappropriate spending” by bureaucrats as Harper government tightened bureaucrat’s spending in hospitality, travel and conferences. During her decade long career as the top auditor, she has found only a few cases of bureaucrats living the high-life. “I personally don’t think there is a big problem in government with hospitality and travel. The government may want to reduce travel with more video conferences and that’s reasonable — but as for individual cases, they are the exception, not the rule,” she is quoted as saying by Ottawa Citizen. Woh! When can you expect India’s top auditor air such an observation?

Action and Appointments
a) Suspended 1994 batch West Bengal cadre IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, who was recently suspended from home ministry for allegedly passing official information, recently sought bail from a Delhi court saying he was innocent and can account for all his assets.
b) Dr Alka Bhargava, a 1987 batch Assam cadre Indian Forest Service officer has been reappointed as director in the ministry of human resource development in New Delhi for a period up to June 10, 2012 against the existing vacancy of Saubhagya Ranjan Dhall in that ministry.

1 comment:

  1. The Canadian Audit Office has a hoary tradition, fortified particularly during the long tenure of Mr.Kenneth Dye. That tradition was that of the getting the Government listen to the Audit. We have a much longer tradition [150 years] of fearless audit. But, none listens to the CAG since 1947. Even this 2G sensation is a short-lived affair.