New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in New Delhi on Tuesday on the occasion of the first Audit Diwas. CAG, India, Girish Chandra Murmu was also present at the event.
On Monday, PM Modi had said that Audit Diwas sought to highlight the rich contributions of CAG to boost transparency and good governance.
Addressing the gathering, Modi said CAG not just keeps track of the nation’s accounts, but also does value addition in productivity and efficiency. “Therefore deliberations on the Audit Day and related programmes are part of our improvement and improvisation. CAG is an institution that has grown in importance and has created a legacy with passage of time,” he said.
He said there was a time when auditing in the country was looked upon with apprehension and dread. “CAG vs Government had become the common thought of our system. But, today this mindset has changed. Today audit is being considered as an important part of value addition,” said PM Modi.
“Contactless customs, automatic renewals, faceless assessments, online applications for service delivery. All these reforms have ended the unnecessary interference of the government,” he added.
The Prime Minister expressed happiness that CAG has overcome the image of a meddlesome busybody fumbling with files. He noted that “CAG has changed rapidly by adopting modern procedures. Today you are using advanced analytics tools, geo spatial data and satellite imagery”
Talking about the fight against Covid-19, Modi said, “Today we are running the world’s largest vaccination program. Just a few weeks ago, the country crossed the milestone of 100 crore vaccine doses.” He suggested that CAG study the practices that emerged during this fight.
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