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3) Explain the various kinds of audit conducted by CAG? Analyze the appropriateness of CAG raising questions over policy decisions? (250 words)

Topic– Part of static series under the heading – “CAG- role and importance”

3) Explain the various kinds of audit conducted by CAG? Analyze the appropriateness of CAG raising questions over policy decisions? (250 words)

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to highlight the nature of audits conducted by CAG. Thereafter, it requires us to examine whether in the course of its audit, particularly propriety audits, what is the locus standi of DRI to question policy decisions. Our view on the above is to be provided.

Directive word

Analyze – When asked to analyze, you  have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Mention that CAG performs legal and regulatory audits. And, on her discretion she can also perform propriety audits. So, CAG can question policy decision.

Body

  • Explain in brief the various kinds of audit conducted by CAG
  • Examine if it is okay for CAG to question policy decisions considering -require additional knowledge of policy making, whether it creates a situation of policy paralysis as highlighted by 2nd ARC
  • Discuss why questioning policy as part of propriety audit is necessary as well as such a role for CAG was envisaged by BR Ambedkar himself.

Conclusion – Give a fair and balanced view on the scope of audits conducted by CAG and whether questioning policy by CAG is necessary for CAG to act as a bulwark of democratic system.

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