The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on November 16 addressed the event marking the celebration of first Audit Diwas. He also unveiled the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the occasion. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Shri Girish Chandra Murmu was among those present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said CAG not just keeps track of nations accounts but also does value addition in productivity and efficiency, therefore deliberations on the Audit Day and related programmes are part of our improvement and improvisation. CAG is an institution that has grown in importance and has created a legacy with passage of time.
The Prime Minister said there was a time when auditing in the country was looked upon with apprehension and dread. ‘CAG vs Government’, had become the common thought of our system. But, today this mindset has changed. Today audit is being considered as an important part of value addition.
The Prime Minister commented, earlier, due to lack of transparency in the banking sector, various wrong practices were followed. The result was that the NPAs of the banks kept increasing. However, we have put the truth of the previous governments in front of the country with complete honesty. We will find the solutions only when we recognize the problems.
The Prime Minister said “today we are making such a system in which the thinking of ‘Sarkar Sarvam’ i.e. the interference of the government is decreasing, and your work is also getting easier”. This is in accordance with ‘Minimum Government Maximum Governance’. “Contactless customs, automatic renewals, faceless assessments, online applications for service delivery. All these reforms have ended the unnecessary interference of the government”, he added.