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CAG: Keeping check on power, pelf

Accountability and governance have always been a matter of discussion at various forums. It assumes greater significance when the question is about CAG’s report on financial control and management of government. There has been a lot of hue and cry in political circles over the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report on allotment of coal blocks resulting in huge revenue loss. In their endeavour to defend the ruling party, some members of the ruling party went to the extent of questioning the authority of the CAG, its methodology, authenticity and credibility of the alleged irregularities and losses arrived at, in utter disregard of the constitutional position assigned to him.

In his article ‘Of accountability and governance”, Dharam Vir, Deputy CAG (retd), has explained the prescribed procedure in preparing audit reports and its submission to Parliament or the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The PAC is empowered to call for background information and examine witnesses and submit a report to both the Houses of Parliament, along with Action Taken Report (ATR). Obviously, the CAG is answerable to the PAC only, uncalled for comments by the politicians are not desirable.

The CAG of India performs his duties without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. His efforts as a watchdog of the government finances need to be appreciated and not undermined.

The writer’s observations need rational consideration for close scrutiny of the tax payers’ money and to create a healthy environment in the political system.


Come clean

To regain public faith, the parties must purge themselves of criminal and corrupt elements (editorial “Muddied political waters”, Oct 25). It is a sad state of affairs for the country that the Heads of the ruling as well as the opposition party came within the horizon of reasonable suspicion. The situation can be rescued by those at the helm of affairs both in and out of power, to rise to the occasion and put the country above self and relinquish their respective posts till they come clean through independent probes, otherwise public distrust is likely to further worsen matters for them.

S C CHABBA, Panchkula


The common man is feeling lost in the middle of the war of words over corruption between the government and the Opposition. Though the political parties claim to fight corruption in the name of people, they are not taking allegations to the logical conclusion. What is very glaring is that most of the parties, instead of learning a lesson from their mistakes and wrong-doings and promising to mend their ways, treat corruption as a shuttle-cock to score points. This is the reason that scams continue to haunt us day in and day out.



Who can deny that louder the noise against the evil, wider the tentacles it spreads as if with a vengeance (editorial “Corporate corruption”, Oct 12). Vis-a-vis the post-Independence experience of the nation on corruption, the following Urdu couplet sounds exceedingly pertinent: “Mareez-e-ishq pe rehmat Khuda ki, Marz barhta gaya jyun jyun dawa ki”. Under the prevailing money-oriented value system of society, it seems well-nigh impossible to keep the body politic unaffected.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Winds of change

The assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh have raised a storm of allegations and counter-allegations with the BJP and the Congress engaged in a mudslinging contest. Yet, a welcome development in HP politics is the emergence of a third morcha which includes Hilopa and Left parties. Encouraged by its victory in Shimla MC elections, Left parties have fielded 13 candidates which is happening for the first time in the electoral history of HP. The voter in HP is keeping his cards close to his chest.


Passionate filmmaker

Yash Chopra’s yet to be released film “Jab tak hai jaan” sounds true to his passion for films and the title seems to be a premonition of his sudden death. Ironically, the name of the film brings to light the crux of his life. Films meant everything to him and perhaps after Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra was the only film maker who delivered mega hits for nearly four decades and continued to entertain us with promising projects.

Yash Chopra had a keen eye for every detail in every department of film making and always ensured that even the support cast would deliver what he wanted. Each project was completely different from his earlier projects and offered much variety in terms of entertainment. He was an institution in himself and the new generation of actor and directors got a lot to learn from him.


What’s good about India?

Even after 65 years of Independence, 39 million Indians are pushed to poverty every year because of ill-health and 30% of people in rural India do not get medical treatment because of financial constraints (news report “30% villagers don’t seek treatment due to poverty”, October 7). Is it not a national shame? Whenever I hum the couplet “ Saarey jahaan se achchha hindustan hamaara”, I realise that India is ‘good’ only for corrupt politicians and government officials, who ruthlessly exploit every opportunity for self-aggrandisement. They pamper themselves with needless luxuries, while more than 80 crore people, despite sweating blood, experience extreme hardship a person can possibly endure. Can such people bear the expenses on medical treatment?

A news report has revealed how a married couple had to sell their new-born son to pay up the cost of medicines purchased at the time of his birth. Quite often, I see poor people picking rotten vegetables to be consumed as food from dirty dumps. Can the governing class explain what ‘fruits’ of freedom have the poor relished since 1947?




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