Monday, November 04, 2013

Meet diplomat Shashi Kant Sharma; how CAG garnered votes of China, Pakistan against US backed candidate

Comptroller and Auditor General of India and former IAS officer of 1976 batch, Shashi Kant Sharma, will now get access for audit of the UN organizations including UN peacekeeping operations, after he was elected on Friday as Member of the United Nations Board of Auditors for a six-year-term. America did not want Indian CAG getting that prestigious berth, and backed Philippines instead. But Sharma personally led the canvassing and impressed the global diplomatic community to vote in favour of India. Sharma managed to woo among others…
China and Pakistan who voted against the US-backed candidate. According to a statement issued by the office of the CAG, “Shri Shashi Kant Sharma took keen interest for this position for the institution of the CAG of India and personally canvassed the Ambassadors and High Commissioners in his two meetings in New York and also met most of the diplomats in New Delhi and briefed them about the Indian Auditors who are highly regarded in International Community for their trained skills and professional competence.”
The move did serve a few purposes. First, it was a diplomatic victory of some sort. After all, in the election held at UN Headquarters in New York last Friday, India defeated Philippines with a huge margin, and garnered support of China and Pakistan as well. Out of the 186 votes cast, India got 124 votes against 62 for Philippines. India will replace China beginning July 1, 2014.
Secondly, along with other two members of the board, Sharma and his Indian auditors will be responsible for audit of UN bodies such as UN Peacekeeping Operations, UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), UN Women and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Currently, Sharma is the external auditor of the World Food Programme (WFP), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Earlier, CAG of India became the external auditor of UN agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) etc.
The institution of CAG under Vinod Rai might have created massive controversies and political turbulence back home, it did register a name for itself internationally. Among its peers, Indian CAG commands more respect for its competence and independence. But why did US, which has been a key player in UN, prefer someone other than the Indian CAG? Will Indian auditors spot accounting fault-lines in UN peacekeeping operations led by US and Western nations?


  1. The answer is clear. Isn't it all pretty obvious?USA does not want India neither to be a permanent member of the UN and neither does it want India to be heading any of UN premier agencies like the IMF, World Bank, UNDP, FAO, ILO, WTO, UN Audit boards because US does not like the reason that India thinks on by itself and its ideology. It knows India will not bend as slaves to wishes of political decisions by USA.

    Why did USA oppose appointment of Dr. Shashi Tharoor of India as SG of UN in favour of Ban Ki Moon of South Korea?

    Why did USA oppose Indian CAG getting the prestigious post of Member of the United Nations Board of Auditors?

  2. another round of free junkets for shashi kant sharma - this time at UN expense. Cheers.