Ms. Jaya Bhagat (IAAS-1995) assumed the charge as Principal Accountant General (Accounts & Entitlements)-1, Maharashtra on 5 April 2021.

Ms. Bhagat has extensive work experience in Accounts and fund management, Performance Audits and Financial Audits of state and central government departments, autonomous bodies and commercial enterprises, Public Financial Management, Anti-corruption investigations, HRD and Training during her years of service in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department (IAAD). Ms. Bhagat has also held charge as Director - Finance of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare while on deputation with the Government of India.

Ms. Bhagat has worked internationally with multilateral development institutions as a Manager in the Internal Audit Vice-Presidency and Advisor with the Governance and Health and Nutrition Global Practices in the World Bank Group in Washington DC, USA and as Chief, Administration at the New Development Bank, Shanghai, China. As part of her work with the IAAD, she has conducted external audits of the World Health Organization, International Computing Centre and TDR (Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases) at Geneva, Switzerland in 2007 and 2010.

Ms. Bhagat's academic background includes Master in Business Administration (IIM-Calcutta) and Master in Public Administration (Harvard) post-graduate degrees.  She has been a Gurukul Chevening Scholar (2003) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and an International Auditor Fellow (2005) at the Government Accountability Office, USA.  She is a recipient of the Harvard Kennedy School Lucius N. Littauer Award for academic achievement, leadership and contribution to the Harvard community.

Ms. Bhagat has been awarded the Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s Gold Medal, in 1998, as an officer trainee at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.  She has received the Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Public Auditing and Accounting in November, 2021.