Why CAG is build­ing a grand mu­seum in Shimla

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Pradeep.Thakur @times­group.com

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


old In­de­pend

from the


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

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