Published On: Sat, Aug 22nd, 2020

Retired IAS officer Rajiv Kumar to assume charge of Election Commissioner on August 31

New Delhi: Retired IAS officer Rajiv Kumar will assume the charge of Election Commissioner on August 31.

Former finance secretary Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as an Election Commissioner.

Order of appointment him an Election Commissioner was issued Friday. He will join the Commission on August 31, according to order, as Kumar’s appointment has been made in place of Ashok Lavasa, who resigned with effect from August 31 to join the Asian Development Bank as Vice-President next month.

Kumar, the retired 1984-batch officer of the Jharkhand cadre, will have a five-year tenure and retire in 2025. He is likely to preside over the next Lok Sabha polls in 2024.

According to rules, an election commissioner has six years on the post or till he turns 65, whichever is earlier. Kumar was born in February, 1960.

“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,” an official notification of the Ministry of Law and Justice said.

Kumar is currently the chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB). His tenure, which started on April 29, was to end on April 28, 2023.

Kumar had earlier served as the Finance Secretary from September 1, 2017 to February 29, 2020. He has served the finance ministry and other ministries of the central government since March, 2012.

Kumar has been credited with bringing in key reforms in banking and bureaucracy during his stints in the finance and personnel ministries.

He took over as the secretary in the Department of Financial Services in September 2017, when most of the public sector banks, including the State Bank of India, were in losses.

Kumar brought in fundamental changes in the banking sector and played a crucial role in merging 10 public sector banks into four, officials said.

During his two-and-a-half-year stint as the financial services secretary, several policy decisions were taken to promote responsive and responsible banking, they added.

A massive Rs 3-lakh crore recapitalisation of banks was undertaken during Kumar’s tenure.

He was also instrumental in streamlining the promotion and appointments done by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), the officials said.

Inputs with Agencies

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