Former CAG C.G. Somaiah Passes Away

Former CAG C.G. Somaiah Passes Away
Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India C G Somaiah died here today following brief illness, his family said.

Somaiah, 79, is survived by wife Indira, son Anand and daughter Pria Alva Somiah, who is married to Nikhil Alva, son of Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva.

He was one of the illustrative IAS officers and held some of the highest official positions, including Planning Commission Secretary, under the chairmanship of Manmohan Singh, Home Secretary when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister, Central Vigilance Commissioner and then finally CAG.

It was during his tenure as Financial Controller of the Asian Games Organising committee that the 1982 Asiad was held in Delhi. Later as Home Secretary he was closely involved with the signing of the Punjab, Assam and Gorkhaland accords. As CAG he chaired the UN Audit committee, the first time an Indian was appointed to this high post.

Only last month Somaiah's autobiography - The Honest Always Stand Alone - was released by former president A P J Abdul Kalam in Delhi and raced to the top of the best sellers list.

Somaiah's cremation in Bangalore was attended by a huge number of fans, well wishers and relatives.
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