Former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi took over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on 25 September 2017. Mr. Mehrishi succeeds Shashi Kant Sharma, who demitted office on September 22.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Mehrishi (62) at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan that was attended by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other dignitaries. The CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
As a constitutional functionary, the CAG is primarily entrusted with the responsibility of auditing the accounts of the Union government and of the State governments. Mr. Mehrishi, who hails from Rajasthan, holds an MBA degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (U.K.).
He holds Master of Arts (M.A.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees from THE Delhi University. Mr. Mehrishi has held several posts in both his State cadre Rajasthan and in the Centre. Before his appointment as the Home Secretary, he worked as the Economic Affairs Secretary and Chief Secretary of Rajasthan.