(File photo)NEW DELHI: Former finance secretary Rajiv Kumar, who retired earlier this year, was appointed election commissioner on Friday. Kumar will be the chief election commissioner (CEC) in the next general election in 2024, going by the seniority convention.
Kumar, a retired 1984-batch IAS officer from Jharkhand cadre, fills up the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ashok Lavasa, who will be moving to Manila as vice-president of Asian Development Bank. Incidentally, Lavasa too had retired as finance secretary before his appointment in Nirvachan Sadan. A notification issued on Friday said Kumar’s appointment would be from the date he assumes charge. Lavasa will demit office on August 31.
Kumar, as per the seniority principle, will take over as CEC when Sushil Chandra retires in May 2022. He will have a tenure of two years and nine months in the top post.
During his tenure in the finance ministry, Kumar is credited with having overseen the merger of 10 public sector banks and recapitalisation of these state lenders.