23 September, 2020

‘Govt Should Encourage Enterprises, Not Particular Entrepreneurs’

The former CAG speaks on his controversial tenure and more

Sanjay Rawat
‘Govt Should Encourage Enterprises, Not Particular Entrepreneurs’

Sipping a glass of lassi, Vinod Rai looks relaxed even as workers put finishing touches to the third-floor apartment he has moved to after retirement in Delhi’s upscale Vasant Vihar neighbourhood. The uncluttered decor of the drawing room echoes the clarity in approach that has been the hallmark of the former Comptroller and Auditor General of India. This trait was evident when he resisted pressure from the political class to retract the CAG reports on mega losses due to the sale of spectrum, allocation of coal mines and many PPP projects. Excerpts from an exit interview with Lola Nayar:

You have had a long career as an administrator. What did life teach you that your professional courses did not?

Number one, that there are absolutely no short-cuts in life. Number two, that professionalism and objectivity pay in the long run. There is just no way you should be taking short-cuts at any point of time to meet your own narrow personal objectives. You should furrow a straight path for...



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