One of the former finance secretaries Rajiv Kumar took charge as a new Election Commissioner of India on Tuesday, September 1. He takes the charge for Election Commission of India with the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra.
Rajiv Kumar replaces Ashok Lavasa who had resigned on August 18. President Mr Kovind had cleared the appointment with effect from the date he assumes office. Also, Rajiv Kumar is a retired IAS Officer of 1984 batch of Jharkhand cadre.
The Ministry of Law and Justice released the official notification of his appointment, which read, “In pursuance of clause (2) of Article 324 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar, (IAS retired) as the election commissioner with effect from the date he assumes the office vice Shri Ashok Lavasa, election commissioner who has resigned with effect August 31.”
Mr Kumar has more than thirty years of experience in administrative services. During his tenure, he has held various crucial assignments and positions which include several administrative postings in his home state of Jharkhand. Mr Kumar has also worked in Central government in various positions.
Initially, he was posted as Joint Secretary and later, Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure, and Ministry of Finance from March 19, 2012, to March 12, 2015, in the central government. Afterwards, he assumed the office as Establishment Officer & Additional/Special Secretary, Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pension, D/o Personnel & Training from March 12, 2015, till August 30, 2017.