The CAG has acted swiftly on a complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues yesterday alleging that by breaching central government’s directive that all government officials should travel only by Economy class that Shankar Narayan traveled to Goa on June 8th by Business class with his airfare costing the Goa Government Rs 60,722.
Shankar Narayan, Additional Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General was one of those invited as member of the faculty to address an orientation programme that was organized for the newly elected MLAs by the Goa Legislature Secretariat.
Pointing out that the former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha Dr.Subhash Kashyap had also flown from Delhi for the same programme and the cost of his airfare by Economy class was around Rs 16,000, Adv. Rodrigues had complained to the CAG that the approximate financial loss to the State exchequer by Shankar Narayan not traveling in Economy class was around Rs 45.000.
Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint has demanded that Shankar Narayan be directed to reimburse to the State government this pecuniary loss incurred by the State and that disciplinary action be also taken against Shankar Narayan.
Stating that Shankar Narayan was also paid an honorarium fee of Rs 5000 to participate in the programme in Goa, Adv. Rodrigues has urged the CAG to examine whether receiving such a gratification was appropriate in view of the fact that Shankar Narayan was attending the programme in his official capacity.
Stating that the CAG being India’s Supreme Audit Institution with its mandate being to ensure that public funds are used efficiently, Adv.Rodrigues has alleged that Shankar Narayan’s travel by Business class was most inappropriate and uncalled for.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that CAG officials have an onerous task of leading by example in displaying exemplary behaviour in their personal and public conduct by maintaining highest standards of personal integrity and probity while setting standards for others.
Seeking appropriate deterrent action in the matter, Adv. Aires Rodrigues has stated that the Core values of the CAG should be acting as guiding beacons in setting benchmarks for those being assessed and audited by it.