Transparency International Bangladesh on Wednesday demanded that the government immediately appoint new comptroller and auditor general of the country as the absence of CAG has been hampering audit activities.
The German-based anti-corruption watchdog also expressed deep concern that the government has not yet appointed new CAG after the post fell vacant on April 27 this year.
In a press statement, the agency also sought intervention of the president for an immediate appointment of a highly qualified and acceptable person as CAG to pave the way for establishing transparency, accountability and good governance.
‘CAG is a constitutional post,’ said TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman, adding that remaining the post vacant for so long was not consistent with the government’s commitment at local and international levels to strengthen institutional framework to establish good governance and contain corruption.
He hoped that the government would become more active to make the CAG office effective.
The office of CAG cannot finalise audit reports in absence of the head of the constitutional body, which also creates stagnation in the decision-making process, the TIB said.
The organisation also demanded formulation of a time-bound plan and its implementation to avoid such situation in future.
It said that absence of the CAG also created a negative impact in international cooperation in this field as the CAG, as an institution, was involved with various working groups of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions and International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions.