Rajiv Kumar to take charge as new election commissioner on Sunday
India’s new election chief commissioner polls results are out and the wait is over now for the new face of the election commissioner. The 1984 batch IAS Rajiv Kumar is appointed as the new election commissioner and now the former fiance secretary is all set to take charge on 15 May 2022. According to the Indian constitution, the maximum time period for an election commissioner is 6 years or for the age of 65, and 62-year-old Rajiv’s tenure is from 15 May 2022 to 18 February 2025.
Rajiv Kumar is the Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) of Bihar /Jharkhand in the 1984 batch and he has great experience in various fields. Like the social sector, environmental and forest, human resources, and also in financial and banking sectors. At present in India, the election commission of India (ECI) is a three-member body in which there are three people one is Chief Election Commissioner ( CEC ) and two Election Commissioner (EC). Under Article 324(2) president has the right to appoint or change the ECI and CE.
62-year-old officer retired from the post of finance secretary in February 2020. He was also appointed as chairman of public enterprise in 2020 and in the year 2015-2017, he was the establishment officer of personnel and training. Apart from this Mr. Kumar managed the department of expenditure with earlier assignments in the ministry of tribal affairs.
The Minister of law and justice of India Kiren Rijiju posted a tweet to congratulate Rajiv Kumar. He writes “ In pursuance of clause (2) of Article 324 of the constitution, the president is pleased to appoint Shri Rajiv Kumar as the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the 15th May 2022. My best wishes to Shri Rajiv Kumar’’. Law and justice minister also attach a press note with his tweet.
From 15th May Rajiv Kumar will have the right to allow symbols to the political parties. It gives recognition to the national parties, state parties, and regional parties. The election commission also sets limits on poll expenses. The commission prepares electoral rolls and updates the voter’s list from time to time.