Prez praises CAG, EC’s impartiality, independent decision-making

NEW DELHI: Institutions like CAG and CVC may have drawn flak from the government which blamed them for policy paralysis but President Pranab Mukherjee today praised these bodies and the Election Commission for their impartiality and capacity to take decision with independence.
“The institutions of CAG, Election Commission, various statutory regulators, those established by an Act of the Parliament, at least I feel quiet happier today that their impartiality, judgement, assessment of situation, capacity to take decisions with complete independence has strengthened the Parliamentary institution,” Mukherjee said.
The UPA government has often accused institutions like Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and CBI of precipitating “policy paralysis’ with their actions on issues like coal blocks and 2G spectrum allocation.
Speaking at the inaugural function for diamond jubilee celebrations of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) here, the President stressed for “urgency in decision-making” to achieve a faster growth trajectory.
“But that does not imply that decisions have to be taken in haste or without adequate debate and discussion. It only implies that there should be no undue delay in decision-making and delivery of services,” he said.
The President said that democracy is the soul and the core of our nation-building.
“No meaningful growth or governance can be achieved without the preservation and nurturing of this basic grid of our polity. All the three structures of governance, the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary would need to continue striving to strengthen the democratic foundation,” he said.
He emphasised on improving quality of public service through transparent governance to meet people’s increasing expectations.