Meeting with Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance, Shri Jayant Sinha

CA. Manoj Fadnis, President, ICAI and CA. Anuj Goel, Member, Central Council & Chairman, Professional Development Committee met and represented before Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance, Shri Jayant Sinha on 6th Novemeber, 2015 to discuss the issues involved in the current procedure of appointment of Central Statutory Auditors and Branch Statutory Auditors of Public Sector Banks (PSBs).

In the meeting the inadequacies arising out of the said procedure of appointment of Auditors of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) was explained. It was mentioned that the managerial autonomy is correct to the extent of day to day decisions making but nowhere the authority to appoint the auditor lies with the persons whose decisions are to be audited.

Such delegation in the long run is a great peril to the economy itself. ICAI recommended that appointment of Central Statutory Auditors and Branch Statutory Auditors of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) may be done by the selection committee comprising of representative from O/o C&AG, Indian Bank’s Association & Ministry of Finance (as done for financial year 2011-12, 2012-13 & 2013-14). ICAI requested that the names of auditor(s) may be recommended by Selection Committee to the banks and selection may be made accordingly.

The Hon’ble Minister has noted the concern of the ICAI and assured to take forward the matter.

CA. Anuj Goyal, Chairman,
Professional Development Committee