15 September 2009
His Majesty the King, today, granted an audience to Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG) of India Shri Vinod Rai.
The C&AG of India is in the Kingdom from 14 to 17 September leading a four member delegation on a goodwill visit. He also called on the Prime Minister.
Today Morning he visited the RAA complex and delivered a talked on; “Relationship between Public Accounts Committee and Supreme Audit Institutions – an Indian perspective” to the members of the Public Accounts Committee and the RAA Officials.
This is the fourth visit made by the successive C&AG of India and the first since Bhutan adopted Constitutional Democracy. The relationship between the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India and Royal Audit Authority had been strengthened with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2001.
The MOU was signed to strengthen the existing friendly relations and bilateral co-operations aimed at improving the work methodologies and exchange of information in the field of public audit. Under the MOU, two Audit Officers are trained every year in the prestigious Academy of Indian Audit and Accounts Services in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, besides deputing senior resource persons from the Office of the C&AG of India once in a year to train auditors in Bhutan. The MOU was renewed in 2007 for another six years.
The visit made by the C&AG is yet another step to further strengthen the relationship between the two Supreme Audit Institutions.