Rajiv Kumar takes charge as Chief Election Commissioner

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According to a statement by the Election Commission (EC), Kumar said the commission will follow the long-standing practices of consensus building and consultation in bringing about any reform and will not hesitate to take tough decisions.

The elections for the post of President and Vice President are to be held in July-August. The Lok Sabha elections of 2024 and many assembly elections will be held during Kumar’s tenure. His term is till February 2025.

He was associated with the Election Commission as the Election Commissioner from September 1, 2020. On May 12, the Ministry of Law and Justice announced his name as the new Chief Election Commissioner. It was said that he would take over on May 15. He succeeds Sushil Chandra, who retired on May 14.

According to the Election Commission statement, after assuming the charge as CEC, Kumar said that he is honored to be given the responsibility of leading one of the premier institutions, an institution that strengthens our democracy. is.

He said that the Election Commission has done a lot in the last 70 years to conduct free and fair elections, ensure correctness of electoral rolls, prevent malpractices and enhance the quality of elections.

“The commission will follow the long-standing practices of consensus building and consultation and democratic systems to bring about any major reforms,” ​​he said.

Kumar said that technology will be a major tool to bring transparency for better election management and conduct and to simplify the procedures for facilitating services for the voters.

Two senior officials who had worked with Kumar said that as Financial Services Secretary and Finance Secretary, he worked to increase security, transparency and technology for the hard earned money of the poor and vulnerable sections of the society.

An official said that during his tenure many people involved in wrong activities in the financial sector had to face the law. Some of the big names in these are Chanda Kochhar, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Kapil Wadhawan, Rana Kapoor and Dheeraj Wadhawan.

Kumar also proved his mettle during COVID-19, when he was appointed chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) in April 2020.

According to a report in the Indian Express, the term of the new Chief Election Commissioner is starting just after the Delimitation Commission finalized its order for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The three-member Delimitation Commission constituted for Jammu and Kashmir, in its final order on May 12, has recommended to keep the number of assembly seats in Kashmir at 47 while in Jammu 43. The order for expansion of 90 assembly and five parliamentary constituencies has been issued in the form of a gazette notification.

In the final order, six have been proposed in Jammu, while one additional seat has been proposed in Kashmir, while the areas of Rajouri and Poonch have been brought under the Anantnag parliamentary seat.

This has also happened at a time when the decisions of the Election Commission have been criticized by mainstream parties in the Valley. The delimitation will also pave the way for elections to be held in the union territory, which has been without an elected government since 2018.

His tenure as Election Commissioner has seen several reforms, including multiple dates for voter registration and the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Apart from this, there was a call to link the Aadhaar number with the voter ID card voluntarily. It was during Kumar’s tenure that the commission also started working on the concept of remote voting.

According to the report, Rajiv Kumar, a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Bihar/Jharkhand cadre, retired from the IAS in February 2020. He took over as the Election Commissioner on 1 September 2020 after holding the Public Enterprises Selection Board for five months from April 2020.

Born on February 19, 1960, Kumar holds several academic degrees including BSc, LLB, PGDM and MA in Public Policy. He has more than 37 years of experience of working for various Ministries of the Center and Government in the Social, Environment, Forest, Human Resource, Finance and Banking Sectors of the State.

Kumar has been a Director on the Central Boards of the Reserve Bank of India, SBI and NABARD, besides being a member of several other boards and committees such as Economic Intelligence Council, Financial Stability and Development Council, Banks Board Bureau, Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee, Civil Services Board and many more. are.

(with input from news agency language)

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Tagged as: assembly elections, Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission, Elections, IAS Officer, India, Indian Administrative Service, Ministry of Law and Justice, News, Rajiv Kumar, The Wire

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