Audit Diwas and Accountants General Conference, 2023

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First Audit Diwas, 2021

The First Audit Diwas was celebrated on 16 November 2021. Various activities were held to mark the event.

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on the occasion of First Audit Diwas, 2021

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, visited the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on the occasion and unveiled the statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs of independent India. Hon’ble Prime Minister addressed the officers and staff of SAI India on the occasion.

Extracts of the speech of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India Shri G C Murmu during First Audit Diwas 2021

“We have chosen this day to observe first ‘Audit Diwas’, significance of which stems from the fact that it was on 16 November 1860 that the first Auditor General took charge in accordance with the provisions of the Government of India Act, 1858 by merging the accounting departments of the Bengal, Madras and Bombay Presidencies. We intend to celebrate this day as Audit Diwas every year, and it will involve a series of events which will help us to rededicate ourselves and to reaffirm our commitment to contribute to good governance, through our continuous quest for excellence in public audit and accounts.

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CAG’s Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public Auditing and Accounting

The CAG’s Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public Auditing and Accounting was instituted to recognise and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by the officers and staff of the SAI India in the areas of public auditing, accounting, entitlement and support functions. These awards seek to promote innovation and excellence backed by demonstrated exceptional performance and initiatives taken in the field of functional areas, working environment and welfare including

  • Auditing processes,
  • Stakeholder engagement,
  • Audit Reports and other audit products
  • Communication and follow up of Audit Reports/products
  • Accounting processes and financial reporting
  • Entitlement processes and settlement of claims
  • IT driven and IT led initiatives
  • Human Resources and Capacity Building
  • Administrative efficiency
  • Grievance Redressal Mechanism
  • Staff Welfare
  • Any other area that contributes to achievement of the overall mission of SAI India

The CAG of India conferred the awards to eight teams from various field offices of the organization and from the CAG Headquarters.

Release of Compendium of New Initiatives and Good Practices in the CAG’s Organisation

While addressing the Conclave of Accountants General and Deputy Accountants General on 21 November 2019, the Hon’ble Prime Minister had said that “this organisation cannot be limited to just statistics and procedures, but really has to come forward as a catalyst of good governance.” Subsequently, in September 2020, CAG decided that it would be very useful to compile instances where Governments/audited entities had acted on audit recommendations; and prepare a compilation of best practices. Accordingly, a Compendium of new initiatives and good practices in the CAG’s organisation, titled ‘The Catalysts.... in pursuit of Good Governance’ was released by the CAG.
This Compendium is a compilation of innovations and best practices undertaken by various offices of SAI India and the functional wings in CAG office. These best practices emerge from a wide gamut of our activities and processes, such as use of Technology tools for audit planning, evidence gathering and reporting; Strides in audit methodology and significant impact; Introduction of Technology in Business processes; Creating stakeholder value; International Relations and Good Practices; and Welfare initiatives.
The compendium showcases the efforts of SAI India in promoting accountability, transparency and good governance through improved techniques and affirms our commitment to establish financial accountability and increase efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of public finance management.

Panel discussion on Enhancing Good Governance through Strengthening of Local Bodies Audit

As a part of Audit Day celebrations, a Panel Discussion on ‘Enhancing Good governance through Strengthening of Local Bodies Audit’ was organised on 17 November 2021. It was chaired by the CAG and the panel consisted of Secretaries of the Ministries of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj; Controller General of Accounts; Shri H.K. Dash and Shri S. M. Vijayanand, the Members of the CAG’s Audit Advisory Board; and Deputy CAG (Local Bodies). During the Panel Discussion, issues related to accounting and audit of Local Bodies, capacity building and training of DLFAs and the way forward for audit of Local Bodies were discussed by the Panelists. All officers of the level of HoD and above attended.

On the occasion, Guidelines for Financial Audit of Panchayati Raj Institutions’ were also released. The Guidelines contains step-by-step guidance to help the Local Fund Auditors to conduct Financial Audit of PRIs. They also contain Audit Working Papers which are intended to help the auditors to check the various registers maintained by PRIs based on Model Accounting System (MAS) and guide them to forming and audit opinion and issue Audit Certificate.