Former Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar Appointed As New Election Commissioner, To Replace Ashok Lavasa

Swarajya Staff

Aug 22, 2020, 08:30 AM | Updated 08:30 AM IST

Former Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar (@rajeevkmr/Twitter)
Former Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar (@rajeevkmr/Twitter)

Former Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar, who implemented much of PM Narendra Modi’s pet projects of financial inclusion, was on Friday (21 August) appointed an Election Commissioner, in place of Ashok Lavasa.

A 1984 batch Jharkhand cadre IAS officer, Rajiv Kumar will take charge “with effect from with the date he assumes office vice Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner who has resigned with effect from 31st August, 2020,” according to a notification by the Ministry of Law and Justice.

Lavasa had on Tuesday (18 August) sent his resignation as Election Commissioner to the President, as he has been selected as Vice President of the Asian Development Bank.

Kumar, who retired as finance secretary on 29 April this year, will assume charge from 31 August, the day Lavasa leaves office.

In April only, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had approved Rajiv Kumar’s appointment as the Public Enterprises Selection Board Chairperson for a period of three years.

Rajiv Kumar has often been credited with bringing in reforms in banking as well as in the bureaucracy during his stints in the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Personnel respectively. He is believed to have played a key role in merging 10 public sector banks into four.

Before taking over as the Finance Secretary, he earned the government’s trust by playing a key role in implementing Modi’s flagship schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Mudra loan scheme, among others.

Kumar has over three decades of experience in public policy and administration across various sectors. He has BSc and LLB degrees, along with a masters in public policy and sustainability.

(With input from IANS)

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