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Can CAG tell how govt should spend?

by Malvika Jain
Tuesday , August 21, 2012 at 11 : 07

Many of us believe that our auditor has no business to tell us how to spend our money. The primary objective of audit is to ensure that books of accounts reflect a true and fair view of the financial position and the auditor must stop at just about that. Legal experts would argue that way back in 1896, it was settled that an auditor is a watchdog and not a bloodhound and so he must not turn into a suspicious scaremonger. This is sacrosanct as far as companies are concerned but does it apply to audit of government's accounts?

CAG's recent performance audit report on allocation of coal blocks and augmentation of coal production pegs total loss to the exchequer at Rs 1.86 lakh crore. This report has once again forced the ruling Congress party to go on a defensive. Soon after...Read more...


Why Indian CEO pay needs policing

by Malvika Jain
Monday , August 06, 2012 at 12 : 17

After Western banks and non-banking institutions brought the world economy to its knees through imprudent and indiscriminate lending corporate practices, there is widespread revulsion at the plus size pay their fatcats get. A say on pay movement is spreading like a prairie fire in the west. Shareholder spring is in the air.

Shareholders denied Citi bank CEO Vikram Pandit a $15 million pay hike. A revolt over salary increase forced UK insurer Aviva's CEO Andrew Moss to resign. Some of the other companies which had to face shareholders' anger include the retailer Marks & Spencer, advertising company WPP, and brewer SAB Miller. In most cases shareholders did not see any link between pay hike and the performance of the manager.

There are no cases of large public outrage over managerial pay in India....Read more...



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Recent Posts by Malvika Jain

  • Can CAG tell how govt should spend?

    Many of us believe that our auditor has no business to tell us how to spend our money. The primary objective of audit is to ensure that books of

  • Why Indian CEO pay needs policing

    After Western banks and non-banking institutions brought the world economy to its knees through imprudent and indiscriminate lending corporate practices, there is widespread revulsion at the plus size pay

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