Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Election Commissioner of India to take charge on May 15

Kiren Rijiju informed on Twitter that Rajiv Kumar is the Chief Election Commissioner since May 15, 2022. Rajiv Kumar will replace Sushil Chandra
Rajiv Kumar CEC

NewDelhi: Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner. He will take charge on May 15. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju gave information on Twitter. He said that Rajiv Kumar will be the Chief Election Commissioner from May 15, 2022. Rajiv Kumar will replace Sushil Chandra. The Law Minister tweeted, "In pursuance of Clause (2) of Article 324 of the Constitution, the President has appointed Rajiv Kumar as the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from May 15, 2022. My best wishes to Rajiv Kumar." It has been said in the appointment letter that the tenure of Sushil Chandra is being completed on Saturday.

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Who is the new Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar

Rajiv Kumar is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service officer. He took charge as the Election Commissioner in the Election Commission on 1 September 2020. Prior to joining the Election Commission, he was the Chairman of the Enterprises Selection Board. He had joined as Chairman PESB in April 2020. Rajiv is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Bihar/Jharkhand cadre and retired from Indian Administrative Service in February 2020.

According to the Election Commission, born on February 19, 1960, and holding academic degrees of B.Sc, LLB, PGDM and MA Public Policy, Rajiv Kumar has experience of over 36 years of service to the Government of India. He has worked in various Central and State Ministries in the Social Sector, Environment and Forests, Human Resources, Finance and Banking Sectors during this period.

During his tenure as Finance Co-Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Government of India, (September 2017 - February 2020), he was tasked with overseeing banking, insurance and pension reforms.

According to the commission, Rajeev Kumar oversaw the financial services sector and was instrumental in launching key initiatives/reforms inter alia such as: banking reforms with a comprehensive approach to recognition, recapitalization, resolution and reform. He had frozen the bank accounts of around 3.38 lakh shell companies used to create fake equities.

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