Why CAG is building a grand museum in Shimla
The Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) of India has set up task force that is digging into the federal to collect
British-era that would be kept in
in Himachal Pradesh to showcase its 159- old history. The will be housed in Chad
House where t he first batch of count officers from independ
India underwent training in 1950.
Perched on hilltop, the two-storey Chadwick House will other
treasure trove of Remington typewriters, British era franking clocks trophies from field offices of CAG. Among the biggest will be 1907 table chair used by
C V Raman — the only Indian to Nobel in Phys
— who had brief stint
CAG’s Kolkata office. Comptroller Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi told TOI, have long history but to it, so we decided to build one Chadwick House. A task force is overseeing the collecting
Former deputy CAG Ashwini Attri, who is of the task force, said Chadwick House was chosen because it holds important in India’s struggle for independ
Before the country independence, Mahatma Gan
would hold here.” The house was earlier owned by
Charanjit of the Kapurthala family. Later V Narhari Rao, the first CAG of independent India, set up training school for For several years, successive CAGs have written to the Centre seeking powers similar to what a common citizen enjoys under the Right to Information Act (RTI) where denial of information invites punitive measures CAG officers there.
The school was then shifted t o Yarrows,
Chalet style complex designed by Herbert Baker in 1913 — who conceptualised the North
Block in Delhi with Edwin Lutyens. Chadwick house then fell into desrepair, but is needed facelift.
Heavy work is ongoing Chadwick House
the is expected to be by June 2020. CAG’s Principal Director of Audit in London, for of overseas embashigh commissions, been to locate
The task force has some British era ports the National Ar
in New Delhi that can throw light on the expendi
of the Government of India on in the the Princely states.
The CAG came into being in 1860 when the British decided to
to the of the East India Company.
then, 29 CAGs have been — 16 British who served between 1860
1948 13 Indians since 1948.
A heritage building well preserved by CAG is Yarrows (in pic), a Swiss chalet-style structure built in 1913