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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Q. Which officials and functionaries under the Government of India are ineligible to hold any government office after their retirement?

Ans. As per (he provisions of the Constitution, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India shall not hold any office under the Government of India or the Government of a State after retirement from his office. For example, A. K. Chanda, the retired Comptroller and Auditor General of India was appointed as the Chairman of the third Finance Commission. This appointment generated heated controversy as the post of the Chairman of Finance Commission is an ‘office’ under the Government of India, with respect to the provisions of Article 148(4). However, later, no such appointment was made again. The government is required to exp lain as to what are the posts and offices to which such appointments can be made. Similarly the judges of the Supreme Court or the High Courts are also ineligible to hold any office under the government after their retirement. This provision is made to ensure that these functionaries perform their duties without any pressure or future Incentives or prejudices.

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