DMPQ- What are the safeguards provided in the constitution for effective functioning of CAG?

Since auditing is a task of impartial evaluation of the performance of governmental functions, it requires

autonomy for the CAG. Constitution has thereby secured independence via following provisions:

  1. He is appointed by the President by a warrant under his hand and seal and his oath of office requires him to uphold the Constitution of India and the laws made there-under.
  2. He is provided with a security of tenure and can be removed by the President only in accordance with the procedure mentioned in the Constitution (same as a judge of SC).
  3. He is not eligible for further office, either under the Government of India or of any state, after he ceases to hold his office.
  4. His salary and other service conditions though determined by the Parliament cannot be varied to his disadvantage after appointment.
  5. His administrative powers and the conditions of service of persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department shall be prescribed by the President only after consulting him.
  6. The administrative expenses of the office of CAG, including all salaries, allowances and pensions of persons serving in that office are charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India and are not subject to the vote of Parliament.

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