• Rajiv Mehrishi, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, was elected as the Vice-Chair of United Nations Panel of External Auditors on December 12, 2018.
• The appointment was made during the annual meeting of the panel in New York from December 3 to 4, 2018.
• The panel discussed various issues concerning audit of United Nations and the agencies under the United Nations System.
About Rajiv Mehrishi
• After his retirement as Union Home Secretary on August 30, 2017, Mehrishi was appointed as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on August 31, 2017.
• Before his appointment as Home Secretary in 2015, he served as the Finance Secretary.
• He also held the post of Chief Secretary of Rajasthan in December 2013.
• Mehrishi has also worked as the Secretary in departments of chemicals and fertilisers, and Overseas Indian Affairs.
• Mehrishi is a 1978-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Rajasthan cadre.
• He has a degree in business administration from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow.
• He also did BA (History) and MA (History) from the St Stephen’s College in Delhi.
United Nations Panel of External Auditors
• The United Nations Panel of External Auditors is a unique forum for the exchange of information and methodologies to further develop and improve the value and quality of the external assurance process.
• The panel was formed through a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly in 1959.
• It comprises individual external auditors who are the heads of supreme audit institutions of various countries.
• Much of the panel’s work is undertaken by the Technical Group, which is mandated to research and review specific topics of interest to the panel.
• Presently, the panel consists of 11 countries – India, Germany, Chile, Canada, France, Italy, Philippines, Ghana, Indonesia, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
• Currently, the panel is chaired by the Comptroller and Auditor General of the UK, Sir Amyas C. E. Morse.
Mains Paper 2: IR | Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate
Prelims level: UN Panel of External Auditors
Mains level: India and the UN