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Defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma appointed as new CAG

Sharma, who holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of York, will take charge as Comptroller & Auditor General on 23rd May

Defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma was on Tuesday appointed as the next Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) at a time when the institution is under focus in the wake of controversies surrounding its mandate.


The 61-year-old 1976 Bihar cadre officer will succeed Vinod Rai, during whose tenure the CAG was locked in confrontations with government on various audit reports, like the ones on 2G spectrum and coal block allocations.


Rai superannuates on Wednesday after five-and-a half years of eventful tenure as the head of the Constitutional body.


“The President of India has appointed Shashi Kant Sharma, IAS, as the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, in terms of Article 148 (1) of the Constitution of India,” the finance ministry said in a statement.


Sharma, who holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of York, will take charge as Comptroller & Auditor General on 23rd May.


He will be administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday.


Like Vinod Rai, Sharma too has served as secretary in the Department of Financial Services. He has spent over 10 years in the defence ministry in various capacities.


The CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.


Sharma's appointment comes at a time when the CAG has come under sharp attack from the government and ruling party for its reports on assessment of Rs1.76 lakh crore loss in allocation of 2G spectrum.


Under Rai's tenure, the CAG was accused of going beyond its auditing ambit and indulging in analysing policy decisions.


Rai, however had hit back saying the government just wanted the CAG to be an accountant.



Vinay Joshi

3 years ago

Mr. S.K Sharma for ten long continuous years was in MoD, overlooking all deals in the ministry.

Is he now expected to examine his own ministry?

Mr.Ramchandran, in which manner can 'YOU AVOID', & what is meant by 'WE', in your undermentioned statement?

Instead of talking will you file PIL in the apex court? Under which provisions?



3 years ago

what is the criteria for someone to be appointed to a post like CAG Head. We people need to be educated so that we can avoid government puppets being given such critical positions & individuals like Mr.Vinod Rai being appointed. We sincerely hope the new incumbent takes this new reputation which CAG has garnered under Mr.Rai to the next level

Sahara pulls out from IPL after failing to pay franchisee fee

After failing to pay the last instalment of the franchisee fee, Sahara India decided to pull out from the IPL T20 league

Sahara India, the owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee has withdrawn its team after failing to pay final instalment of franchisee fee. In a release, Sahara also said that it would end its sponsorship to Indian cricket team from December 2013.


Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the controlling body, said it would encash the bank guarantee given by Sahara for its franchisee Pune Warriors.


Sahara had bought the Pune franchisee for Rs1,700 crore to be paid in 10 years.


Pune Warriors have finished eighth in the nine team IPL this year.


Separately, the Supreme Court today slammed the BCCI saying that spot fixing incidents had taken place due to the cricketing body’s lackadaisical approach in reining in the erring players. The court also directed a one-man commission that is probing spot fixing in the IPL to submit its report within 15 days and asked the BCCI to act upon its findings according to its rules.


Earlier, the apex court agreed to give urgent hearing to a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking stay on all remaining matches in the T20 league.




3 years ago

Why should something happen only after the Supreme Court orders??

BCCI being the richest sports body, can appoint the best sleuths to uncover as they unfold,if only they have the will.

They do not want it, mainly because a Mr Srinivasan is the top man at BCCI and the owner of CSK.
Where will loyalties be but for easy money.

If only our agencies have the guts to raid Srinivasan's offices and home many more skeletons will tumble out.

Retirement Planning: How to generate what you need

Estimating how much you need for retirement is hard enough. But even if you are able to do that, getting there is a tough task. In the second part on the series of retirement planning, Debashis Basu, editor Moneylife, focussed on the right way to invest

There is a maze of retirement products available in the market promising a secure retirement, but most of these products do not deliver, leave alone creating a sufficient corpus for retirement. In the second part of Moneylife Foundation’s two-part seminar on retirement planning, Debashis Basu, editor Moneylife, focused on how one can save efficiently to avoid the risk of underinvestment. Along with this, what steps one could take to protect his/her corpus post-retirement and if there is a shortfall what are the different options available were also explained.

“Retirement planning is very complicated because there are too many variables, many of which need to be assumed”, cautioned Mr Basu. There are too many unknowns before retirement, as well as post-retirement. Many are unaware of how much their expenses would rise after retiring. Once you have accumulated your corpus, where would you invest it? There are several other questions one needs to address while planning for retirement. One has to separate the set of factors that one can control and those that one can’t. One can control how much one saves and invests.

Even if you seek professional help, when investing for retirement you must understand the difference between quality advice and a sales pitch. Most of the unscrupulous relationship advisers and so-called wealth managers are often looking to build their own retirement corpus. “The least you can do is invest in products that grow to beat inflation” explained Mr Basu. For investing safely, one needs to understand the different products available and the risk & return associated. One of the benefits of starting early is that you can make the power of compounding work for your benefit.

Lack of a well-planned savings plan can leave you with much less money to spend on yourself when you have no income.  The basic purpose of investing for any goal and especially retirement is to be able to beat inflation. Stocks and equity funds over the long run of 5-10 years have more often than not beaten inflation. Other products like bank fixed deposits and other fixed income products may not deliver high returns but offer safety of capital.

The main factor that determines how you should go about saving for your retirement is your age. Mr Basu explained how over different age groups from 21 to 60 one can invest in a mix of products, taking into account the number of years to retirement.

“One needs to use the same judgement for investments pre-and post-retirement”, said Mr Basu. Post-retirement one’s main focus is to protect the corpus. Here people have the option of immediate annuities, Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS) and MIP schemes, but none of these are great choices, said Mr Basu. In the post-retirement period, it is important to choose safe assets, for which bank fixed deposits are the best. However, the main issue here is, one does not know the future returns and how long one would live. Investing in fixed income products for the very long term may turn out to be imprudent because they don’t beat inflation. Retirees may like to invest some amount of money in equity mutual funds.

Since a lot of savers today have large home loans, they may end up saving less for retirement. They will have the bulk of their investment in real estate. Mr Basu said, “Reverse mortgage is an option for them, but it has failed as a product in India and may pick up in near future”

The session was followed by an engaging Q&A session which addressed topics such as investing in property, NPS as a retirement product and whether equity mutual funds are the best way to create long-term retirement corpus.



Srikanth Shankar Matrubai

3 years ago

I personally feel that Debt Funds and MIPs should form a major part of retirees investment, say about 75% to beat inflation.
Bank FDs are strict NO-NO

R Nandy

3 years ago

Problem with reverse mortgage is that houses which are a bit old might not be considered by the banks.

A viable retirement corpus is said to be 20 times annual expenses by some experts not to outlive ones savings.Secondly, the money needs to be generating real returns and not sitting on MIS OR SCSC generating 0% real rate of returns.The huge inflation in the last few years have not left much money in the hands of would be retires especially from the private sector.Gov employees will,be protect who are/were in the old penion system.

So,practically speaking children in most cases will have to take care of their parents or send money if they are elsewhere else there will be major hit in the standard of living.

anantha ramdas

3 years ago

I am truly sorry I missed this seminar on retirement planning.

There is one important aspect that one has to remember that assistance and support from one's own children should not be expected and if available should be accepted as a "life's bonus!".

It is better to pay and get professional advice from a person of great integrity rather than a company of great standing, to decide one's own future. Here, I take it consideration the person(s) as elderly parents, who are now a days consigned to old people's homes rather being part of the family. So, taking this as a strong possibility, everyone should plan retirement requirements seriously. In the long run, one may be better off by putting 50% of the savings in government tax free bonds and certificates, 30% in blue chip equity and 20% in hard cash.

This is not a panacea proposal, but it will serve the purpose
reasonably well...


3 years ago



3 years ago

Planning one’s finance and savings is becoming an area which should get attention of Investment Advisors and financial planners. While still serving and earning post-retirement planning is ignored by the individual. The common excuse being the non-elasticity of savings. The net-worth of the saver as on the date of retirement (including the ‘present worth’ as on that date of pension receivable for the next 15 years) could be taken as the retirement corpus. A minimum amount adequate to insulate the cash flow against inflation should be saved on an ongoing basis, for the next 15 years (assuming retirement age at 60)...

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