India has been elected as the external auditor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a period of six years from 2022 to 2027 after winning the ballot in the voting for the post held during the recently held 65th annual general conference of the United Nations (UN) nuclear regulator.
India was earlier the IAEA external auditor from 2012 to 2015. The total number of ballots cast by the IAEA member countries at the latest general conference was 125. Since there were 2 abstentions, 123 members were present and voting with the required majority being 62.
The relevant IAEA resolution of the general conference declared: “The Conference also elected the Comptroller and Auditor General of India as the Agency’s new External Auditor for 2022-2027.”
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced that the country’s official auditor Mr. G.C. Murmu was selected as the external auditor of IAEA with his candidature receiving majority support of the IAEA general conference.
“Today (September 24, 2021) India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has been selected as the next External Auditor of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a six-year term (2022-27) at the General Conference of the IAEA in Vienna. The CAG’s bid received majority support of the IAEA General Conference for the position for which several competing bids were submitted from different countries”, the MEA statement said.
This election was also a global acknowledgement of the credentials, professionalism and experience of India’s national auditor, the statement added.