G C Murmu appointed as Comptroller and Auditor-General of India(CAG)

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News: Former Jammu & Kashmir Governor Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed the next Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG) of India.

Facts:

  • Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG): It is a constitutional body established under Article 148 of the Constitution of India.
  • Purpose: CAG audits all receipts and expenditure of the Government of India and the state governments,including those of bodies and authorities substantially financed by the government.
  • Appointment: CAG is appointed by the President of India following a recommendation by the Prime Minister.
  • Tenure: 6 yrs or up to 65 yrs of age (whichever is earlier).
  • Removal: CAG can be removed by the President only in accordance with the procedure mentioned in the Constitution that is the manner same as removal of a Supreme Court Judge.
  • Salary: The administrative expenses of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor-General including all salaries, allowances and pensions payable to or in respect of persons serving in that office shall be charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India.
  • Further Office: The CAG shall not be eligible for further office either under the Government of India or under the Government of any State after he has ceased to hold his office.