Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday suggested constitution of a multi-member Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in view of expanding jurisdiction of the country's main auditor.
   
"I would like to suggest that the CAG should have more than one member in view of the expanding jurisdiction of the premier audit institution," he said at the concluding function to celebrate 160 years of the foundation of the Indian Audit and Account Service (IAAS).
   
Stating that a number of other constitutional institutions like the Election Commission of India (EC) have a multi-member team to discharge duties, Modi said similar arrangements in the CAG will help function in a better way.
   
He said the suggestion for a multi-member CAG was his personal view as the national auditor's jurisdiction had already grown substantially and might increase further with projects under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and Panchayats being handed over to the former for auditing in future.
   
Modi also demanded transparency in the selection of a person for the post of the CAG and said the qualification and process should be made public for scrutiny.
   
Modi also suggested that CAG should be conferred with legal powers to prosecute the guilty persons in scams and a mechanism should be evolved for retrieving the lost public wealth in the scams.
   
The Deputy Chief Minister heaped praise on the CAG for detecting scams, like 2G spectrum, Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai, fodder and flood relief scam in Bihar, but said the auditor should have prevented occurrence of the scams in the first place by timely detecting excess withdrawal of money from the treasury.

(Agencies)