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Nov 11, 2012 at 08:53pm IST

Didn't say CAG will be made a multi-member body: V Narayanasamy

New Delhi: The MoS PMO, V Narayanasamy on Sunday said that the media had misquoted him over a remark he made about the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and said that he had never said that the Constitutional body will be made a multi-member body.

"I was being interviewed by a PTI correspondent and he asked me a few questions. He never asked me anything about making the CAG a multi-member body," said Narayanasamy, adding that he had been misquoted by the media.

Earlier reports mentioned that Narayanasamy had said that the government was actively considering a proposal to make the official auditor a multi-member body. Remarking that the CAG had become "more impatient", Narayanasamy said that all Constitutional bodies must work within their parameters. "It (making CAG a multi-member body) is under active consideration. The government is actively considering it," he was quoted as saying.

Narayanasamy said this in response to a question about a suggestion made by former CAG VK Shunglu who said that the organisation be made a multi-member body. Shunglu suggested that "a three-member body would obtain greater transparency in its operation. One member should possess professional accounting qualifications, Chartered Accountant or its equivalent.

"This should not seem to exclude an Indian Audits and Accounts Service officer from the triumvirate, who has wide exposure to finance, audit and accounts and best international practices in these areas," Shunglu had said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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