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The Comptroller and Auditor General of India isn't necessarily the position most Indian citizens associate with one of great political power but Vinod Rai as the current holder of this position since November 2008 has definitely made us sit up and take notice of it. For this reason alone, our titular question receives an answer but allow us to get a little deeper into the details of it.
The position itself has a fairly unique role in our government, especially seeing as to how it's one of the few authority's whose power supersedes that of the government. As auditors of of all receipts and expenditure of the Government of India as well as the state governments (including bodies subsidized or financed by the government). Essentially speaking, the CAG enjoys the same status as a judge of the Supreme Court of India in order of precedence. One might imagine that in a country like ours it's not a job that allows one's hands to remain clean. Vinod Rai has shown great integrity on more than one occasion when our government has found itself in one corrupt scandal after the other.
Off late more than ever, Rai has been on the receiving end of constant spotlight for his relentless reports exposing leviathan amounts of corruption. In the past, he's been widely regarded as a key player in the uncovering of huge scams like the 2G Spectrum Allocation, The Coal Mine Allocation and the Fodder Scam. Naturally, these are also the most widely debated reports he's filed simply because of the league of power he seems determined to overthrow.
The UPA Chapter
And now we come to the immediately current situation. The CAG has been after the UPA Government for its incessant ineptitude and ridiculously open-aired corrupt practices. And for this, they've been carrying out a full-forced hatchet job on the CAG. Now we find out that they've actually become 'brazen' (Rai's term for them) enough to submit a proposal for this body to become a multi-member body. In itself, it's not an unheard of suggestion to make the base of an authoritative body a little larger but it could not be more apparent that all of this is merely an open attempt to dilute the power of one of the only men capable of holding them accountable for their shady dealings.
The PM of UPA, V Narayanaswamy has been serving as the mouthpiece for this sudden, drastic move the government is pushing for and apparently 'actively considering.'
Rai is naturally appalled at the government's ability to so transparently try and hide their own wrongdoings and bury it in a situation like this instead. Just today, Prakash Singh Badal, the Punjab Chief Minister, insisted that 'the country is unsafe in the hands of the UPA due to its irrelevant policies,' due to another reason but the same sentiment applies here.
Vinod Rai is the only man giving a face to the fight against this scandal-ridden corrupt government and for this reason, it's imperative that we both know him and support his cause in whatever way we can.
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