Former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Monday took oath as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to the former secretary in a ceremonial function at Rashtrapati Bhawan which was attended by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other dignitaries.
Who is Rajiv Mehrishi?
Mehrishi is a retired Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer of 1978 batch of Rajasthan cadre, who has worked for both state and central governments at top positions. Born in 1955 in Rajasthan, Mehrishi did his early schooling from St Xavier’s School in Jaipur and then moved to Delhi to complete his graduation from St Stephen’s College in History. He also did his masters from Delhi University. The top bureaucrat also holds a degree in Management in Business administration from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Mehrishi started his career in public service as SDO of Ajmer, followed by a posting as Collector of Bikaner, and a stint as Deputy Secretary and Principal Secretary of Finance Ministry. He also served as the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan in the state government. Sixty-two-year-old Mehrishi retired as Home Secretary last month after successfully completing two terms in the ministry. Before his appointment as the home secretary, he worked as economic affairs secretary and chief secretary of Rajasthan. Mehrishi has also worked as a secretary in departments of chemicals and fertilisers, and Overseas Indian Affairs in a career spanned over three decades.
Mehrishi succeeds Shashi Kant Sharma as the new CAG.