Rajiv Kumar, the former finance secretary, has assumed the charge as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). He has succeeded Sushil Chandra, who demitted office on Saturday evening.
Kumar was associated with the poll panel as an election commissioner from September 1, 2020.
After taking charge as the 25th CEC, Kumar said a lot had been done over the past 70 years by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to ensure free and fair elections.
“The Commission will follow the time-tested and democratic methods of consultations and consensus building in bringing about any major reforms responsible under the Constitution. ECI will not shy away from tough decisions,” he said.
Kumar is a 1984 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service. He held many important positions and has served various ministries at the center and in his State Cadre of Bihar/Jharkhand.
He holds the degree of B.Sc, LLB, PGDM and MA Public Policy. Kumar also has vast work experience in the social sector, environment & forests, human resources, finance and banking sectors.