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CAG suggests a collegium for key appointments like CVC

Collegium comprises a group of senior officials,each with equal rank and power.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 19, 2011 10:07:59 am

Against the backdrop of the recent controversy over the appointment of CVC,Comptroller and Auditor General suggested setting up of a collegium for appointing key functionaries like CAG,Central Vigilance Commissioner and the Election Commissioners.

“We suggest that the appointments for the CAG,CVC,Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and the Election Commissioners be given to a collegium,” CAG Vinod Rai said in a talk on ‘Corruption Free Governance’,organised by the India International Centre.

Collegium comprises a group of senior officials,each with equal rank and power.

Earlier this month,slamming the Prime Minister-headed High-Powered Committee,the Supreme Court quashed the controversial appointment of P J Thomas as CVC,who is facing a corruption case.

Rai said clean governance was essential in view of the “deficit of ethics” being witnessed in different aspects of public life.

He said powerful people or those close to them misuse their positions.

“People who are close to power can,even if they are imprisoned,take bail or take parole and they are free to walk out of prison on flimsier ground,” Rai said.

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