Until now the three 'Cs' most government offices fear have collaborated informally every three months. But now the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and the chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plan to formalise their quarterly interaction.
"These meetings will now be institutionalised,'' CAG Vinod Rai told the HT on Wednesday. This would involve the nitty-gritty of choosing a convener and issuing circulars for convening meetings.
"But the agenda will be open-ended," he said.
For almost 18 months now, the C-group has been meeting without aides and away from prying eyes to compare notes on different issues and cases that come under their domain.
The trio work closely. For instance, if during an audit, the CAG comes across irregularities, he passes on the information to CBI and CVC which then decide how and when to act on it. CAG also solicits its assistance to fill any gaps in its information while auditing a government office or programme.
"We keep sharing information which is corroborative that we are on the right track," Rai said.
On its part, CAG also helps out these agencies. There have been reports on how in the Satyam probe, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office sought its help to look into the company's record. Some CAG auditors were accordingly deputed for the task.
Created under the Constitution, CAG is an instrument of accountability of public revenues. It maintains the accounts of states and conducts audits of central ministries, state governments and central and state PSUs, but is now moving into newer areas to help upgrade governance.
The CVC keeps a general check and supervision over vigilance and anti-corruption work in ministries/departments and other government organisations. It also looks into complaints of corruption by public servants and recommends appropriate action.
The CBI is a premier investigating agency that probes corruption cases, economic crimes and special crimes having inter-state and international ramifications.