Rajiv Kumar took over as the brand new leader election commissioner on Sunday, an afternoon after his predecessor Sushil Chandra retired.
Kumar will oversee the impending Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Jammu and Kashmir and the 2024 common elections all through his tenure.
The Ministry of Law and Justice on May 12 introduced that the brand new leader election commissioner would take over on May 15.
Kumar’s leader election commissioner tenure starts proper after the delimitation fee finalised its order for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, recommending seven further constituencies — six for Jammu and one for Kashmir — and taking the whole selection of seats within the UT to 90. It additionally comes at a time when the ballot panel’s selections have met with complaint through mainstream events within the Valley. It can even pave the way in which for elections to be held within the Union Territory, which has been with out an elected executive since 2018.
His tenure as an election commissioner has observed a slew of reforms, together with a couple of dates for voter registration and the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which referred to as for voluntary linking of Aadhaar numbers with voter playing cards. During Kumar’s tenure, the fee additionally started operating on the idea that of faraway balloting.
A 1984-batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Bihar/Jharkhand cadre, Kumar superannuated from the IAS in February 2020. He who took over as an election commissioner on September 1 2020, after helming the Public Enterprises Selection Board for 5 months since April 2020.
Born on February,19, 1960 Kumar bought a slew of educational levels together with B Sc, LLB, PGDM and MA in Public Policy, and has over 37 years of revel in operating for the federal government throughout ministries on the Centre and around the social, atmosphere and forests, human assets, finance and the banking sectors in states.
Kumar has additionally been director of the central forums of the Reserve Bank of India, SBI and Nabard and a member of the Economic Intelligence Council, Financial Stability and Development Council, Bank Board Bureau, Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee, Civil Services Board, amongst many different such forums and committees.
Kumar has been credited with conceiving and imposing merger and acquisitions within the monetary sector. He additionally has to his credit score the National Pension System used to be streamlined through bettering the necessary contribution through the central executive, and offering freedom of selection for deciding on pension finances and patterns of funding for and tax reliefs.