Former home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Monday took charge as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. He succeeded Shashi Kant Sharma, who demitted office on Friday.

The 62-year-old was administered oath by President Ram Nath Kovind at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. The ceremony was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other dignitaries.

A 1978 batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Rajasthan cadre, Mehrishi had completed his two- year fixed term as the home secretary in August. His appointment was cleared by government recently. His tenure will last for three years.

CAG’s primary responsibility is auditing the accounts of the Union government and  the state governments. Its reports are presented before Parliament and legislatures of the states. The Comptroller and Auditor-General of India is appointed by the President of India[8] following a recommendation by the Prime Minister.  

The CAG has a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

Rajiv Mehrishi belongs to Rajasthan and holds Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK). He also has Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from Delhi University.

He has held several posts in both his state cadre Rajasthan and in the Centre. Before his appointment as the home secretary, Mehrishi worked as economic affairs secretary and chief secretary of Rajasthan. He has also served as secretary in departments of chemicals and fertilisers and Overseas Indian Affairs.