CAG service record missing, finds RTI

Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rais service details not available

Service records of Vinod Rai, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, have gone missing from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

This came to light after an activist Arvind Shukla filed an RTI application seeking information on the 64-year-old Kerala cadre IAS officer’s personal and service details like his date of birth, the letter confirming his selection in the IAS, appointment letter and date of retirement from the administrative services, the appointment letter as CAG and reasons for instating him in the post after retirement from administrative services.

In response to the query filed on July 11, the DoPT said neither Rai’s service dossier nor the records of his selection in the IAS were available with the department.

“The concerned file is not traceable,” the reply stated. “As informed by the section concerned, the UPSC application dossier of Shri Vinod Rai IAS (KL 1972) is not traceable.

Hence the information sought by you (Shukla) is not materially available with the undersigned,” stated the reply from Narendra Gautam, Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), DoPT and Under Secretary to the Government of India.

The DoPT also advised Shukla to approach the Kerala government for Rai’s service records as “the matter was more closely concerned to the Government of Kerala.”

“If deemed fit, you (questioner) may like to contact the state government of Kerala. The undersigned does

not have any record in this regard,” the reply stated. Gautam also informed Shukla that his query on reasons behind Rai’s appointment as the CAG has been referred to the CPIO at the CAG office on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi.

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