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Need to strengthen institutions like CAG, CVC: Sushma Swaraj

Need to strengthen  institutions like CAG, CVC: Sushma Swaraj
She said often critical voices are heard against organisations who have been given powers of vigilance by the Constitution.

‘Recently a statement came which disturbed me that institutions like CAG and CVC are an obstacle in progress. I would like to state from this stage that it is not a healthy thinking. This thinking is harmful for democracy,’ she said.

‘The entire constitutional format is based on checks and balances. Vigilance and prevention are a way to strengthen the Constitution,’ Swaraj said during the inauguration of CVC’s golden jubilee celebrations here.

It is therefore necessary to strengthen the organisations which have been given powers by the Constitution to keep vigilance over different arms of the democratic government. ‘Any deterioration in these organisations will also adversely impact democracy,’ the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha said.

She said CVC realised its powers after the CVC Act 2003 came into being and started working with new vigour. ‘But many a time this vigour of investigating agencies does not suit the ruling class. The rulers can be of central and state,’ she said.

Addressing a session of All India Congress Committee (AICC) last month here, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that growth rate had slowed down because clearances were not granted by bureaucrats to infrastructure projects for the fear of CAG and CVC.
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