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Former home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to take over as CAG tomorrow

Mehrishi will have a tenure of 3 years; CAG is appointed for 6 years or till the incumbent attains age of 65 years

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Pathankot, Attack, Rajiv Mehrishi, Home Secretary
File photo of Rajiv Mehrishi

Former home secretary will take over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Monday succeeding Shashi Kant Sharma, officials said on Sunday.

Mehrishi, 62, would be administered the oath of office and secrecy by President at tomorrow, they said.

His appointment has been cleared by the government, the officials said.

Mehrishi, a 1978 batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the cadre, completed his two-year fixed term as the home secretary last month.

Sharma, who had taken over as the on May 23, 2013, demitted office on Friday, they said. Sharma was defence secretary prior to his appointment as the

Mehrishi will have a tenure of about three years.

The 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 is primarily entrusted with the responsibility to audit the accounts of the Union and of the state governments.

reports are laid before Parliament and legislatures of the states.

Mehrishi, who hails from Rajasthan, holds Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK).

He also possesses Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from Delhi University.

Mehrishi has held several posts in both his state cadre and in the Centre.

Before appointed as the home secretary, he worked as economic affairs secretary and chief secretary of

Mehrishi has also worked as a secretary in departments of chemicals and fertilisers, and Overseas Indian Affairs.

First Published: Sun, September 24 2017. 10:09 IST