25 Facts About Vinod Rai

1. Vinod Rai is well known for his focus on Dhadkan, Garam Masala (2005) and Hulchul (2004).

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2. Vinod Rai was the Person of the Year in Forbes magazine's January 2011 edition.

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3. Vinod Rai started his career as the sub-collector of Thrissur District in Kerala; he eventually became the collector and served the city in that capacity for eight years.

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4. Vinod Rai figured as one of the Persons of the Year in Forbes magazine in January 2011.

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5. Vinod Rai wrote Not Just an Accountant: The Diary of the Nations Conscience Keeper, which speaks about how the political system was exploited to violate laws in 2G spectrum case, Krishna-Godavari gas basin contract, Commonwealth Games scam, Indian coal allocation scam and the controversial purchase of aircraft.

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6. Vinod Rai had pointed out improprieties in allocating coal blocks, and Union government's overt generosity to GMR in an airport project and Reliance Power in Sasan ultra mega power plant.

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7. Vinod Rai had slammed the Union government in the allocation of spectrum for 2G mobile use to telecom operators, conduct of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, running of its flagship rural employment guarantee scheme and the spending by Reliance Industries in KG D6 oil block.

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8. Vinod Rai responded by saying that he felt "very humbled" and said "With all sincerity I will take up the task".

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9. Vinod Rai is widely credited for the report on issue of Licences and Allocation of 2G Spectrum by United Progressive Alliance government which resulted in a huge controversy in India.

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10. Vinod Rai recommended that all private-public partnerships, "Panchayti Raj Institutions" and societies benefiting from government funds should come within the ambit of the CAG.

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11. Vinod Rai was appointed as Comptroller and Auditor General of India with the backing of finance minister P Chidambaram.

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12. Vinod Rai is the chairman of United Nations Panel of External Auditors and member of the Governing Board of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions.

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13. Vinod Rai had served senior positions in the Ministries of Commerce and Defence, Government of India.

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14. Vinod Rai was called the second Sakthan Thampuran for his role in the development of the Thrissur City.

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15. Vinod Rai started his career as the sub-collector of Thrissur District.

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16. Vinod Rai chose to study Financial Administration at Harvard Kennedy school in 1987 while he held the position of District Collector and Magistrate in the state of Kerala, India.

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17. Vinod Rai is the head of advisory commission of Kerala Infrastructure and Investment Board, appointed by Government of Kerala.

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18. Vinod Rai holds a master's degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, and Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

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19. Vinod Rai is the current chairman of UN Panel of External Auditors and Honorary Advisor to the Railways and a member of the Railway Kaya Kalp Council.

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20. Vinod Rai assumed office on 7 January 2008 till 22 May 2013.

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21. Vinod Rai was born on 23 May 1948 and is a former Indian IAS officer who served as the 11th Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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22. In February 2016, Vinod Rai was appointed the chairman of Banks Board Bureau, the body which advises the government on top-level appointments at public sector banks and ways to address the bad loans.

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23. Vinod Rai was instrumental in setting up the India Infrastructure Finance Company and was on the Board of this company.

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24. Vinod Rai is a 1972 batch Kerala cadre officer of Indian Administrative Service.

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25. Vinod Rai is a former Indian IAS officer who served as the 11th Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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