CAG and AGI | Comptroller & Auditor General of India and Attorney-General of India

Easy Notes of CAG and AGI | Handy notes for Comptroller & Auditor General of India and Attorney- General of India

Candidates preparing for Civil services competitive exams are meant to learn polity necessarily. The constitutional questions are also asked in Some State governmental jobs too. The CAG and AGI which is also called Comptroller & Auditor General of India and Attorney-General of India is one of the topics of Indian polity from which questions are asked. So here we present simple and important facts about CAG and AGI according to exams’ point of view.

Important notes for CAG and AGI

CAG (Comptroller & Auditor General)

  • Appointed by the President
  • A person with long administrative experience 7 knowledge of account is appointed
  • Holds office for 6 years or till 65 years of age
  • The President can remove him only on the recommendation of the 2 houses of Parliament (as in case of judge of supreme Court)
  • He is the guardian of the public purse. His duties are to audit the accounts of the union and the states and to ensure that nothing is spent out of the consolidated Fund of India or of the states without the sanction of the Parliament or the respective State Legislature
  • He submits an audit report of the union to the President who shall lay it before the Parliament and the audit reports of the States to the respective Governors who shall lay it before the respective State Legislature
  • In short the CAG acts as the custodian & trustee of public money

AGI (Attorney-General of India)

  • Highest legal Officer of the union govt
  • Appointed by the President
  • The person should be qualified to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court
  • He is entitled to audience in all courts of the country & can take part in the proceedings of the Parliament & its committees. However, he is not given right to vote
  • He is also allowed to take up private practice provided the other party is not the State because of this he is not paid salary but a retainer to be determined by the President
  • In England, the Attorney General is a member of the Cabinet, but in India he is not. It is a political appointment and therefore, whenever there is a change in the party in power, the attorney General resigns from his post to enable the new govt to appoint a nominance of his choice
  • The AGI is assisted by two solicitors- General and four additional Solicitors- General
  • The attorney General gets a retainer equivalent to the salary of a judge of the supreme Court
  • Gives advice on all such legal matters which may be referred or assigned to him by the President
  • Appears before the Supreme Court and various high courts in cases involving the govt of india

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