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Rethinking Public Institutions in India$
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Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Milan Vaishnav

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199474370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199474370.001.0001

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Foregrounding Financial Accountability in Governance

Foregrounding Financial Accountability in Governance

(p.297) 8 Foregrounding Financial Accountability in Governance
Rethinking Public Institutions in India

Amitabh Mukhopadhyay

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the 21st Century is witnessing a culture of accountability in-the-making. The mores of parliamentary supremacy are giving way to assertions of popular sovereignty. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) is therefore peering out of the blinds of a restricted system of parliamentary financial control to re-design public sector audit as a service meant directly for citizens at large, not only for governments and parliaments. CAG's organisation can demonstrate its relevance to citizens by developing the capacities to communicate with citizens through the media, support social audit mechanisms, conduct electronic financial audits, and inform the public discourse by means of research-oriented participatory performance audits. Wide public discussion to re-envision the institution and forge a new mandate for CAG is essential. Three recent United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolutions to strengthen Supreme Audit Institutions for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be pursued vigorously.

Keywords:   Audit, social audit, mandate, Resolutions, SDGs, UN, INTOSAI, CAG

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