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Rajiv Kumar Appointed Next Chief Election Commissioner, To Replace Sushil Chandra

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Mumbai: President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Rajiv Kumar as the next Chief Election Commissioner of India. The announcement was made by Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju on Twitter.

Kumar will replace Sushil Chandra and will take charge of the office from May 15.

“The President is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election commission of India. Shri Rajiv Kumar will assume charge of the office of the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the 15th May 2022 vice Shri Sushil Chandra consequent upon his demitting the office of the Chief Election Commissioner on the 14th May 2022,” a press note from the Ministry of Law and justice read.

According to Kumar’s profile on the official website of the Election Commission, Kumar took charge as the Election Commissioner on September 1, 2020. An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from Bihar/Jharkhand cadre, , Kumar has an experience of over 36 years of serving in various departments of the government. He superannuated from the IAS in February 2020.

Previously, Kumar has been the director of the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), SBI, and NABARD and has worked in central as well as state cadres across the Social Sector, Environment & Forests, Human Resources, Finance, and Banking sectors – the Election Commission of India website said in his profile.

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