India's Comptroller and Auditor General G C Murmu was on 24 September 2021 selected as the external auditor of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a prestigious institution that promotes peaceful use of nuclear energy.

What

  1. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said his candidature received majority support of the IAEA general conference and his tenure will be for six years, from 2022 to 2027.
  2. The election is a "recognition" of India's standing in the international community and global acknowledgement of the CAG's credentials, professionalism and experience.
  3. Murmu assumed office as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on 8 August 2020.
  4. Before assuming the charge, he served as the first Lt Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Flashback

  1. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), autonomous intergovernmental organization dedicated to increasing the contribution of atomic energy to the world’s peace and well-being and ensuring that agency assistance is not used for military purposes.
  2. The agency was established by representatives of more than 80 countries in October 1956.
  3. The IAEA’s statute officially came into force on 29 July 1957.