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Rajiv Kumar: Chief Election Commissioner for 2024

The NaMo administration on Friday appointed Rajiv Kumar (Retd IAS:1984:JH) as Election Commissioner vice Ashok Lavas (Retd IAS:1980:HY) who has resigned w.e.f 31 August 2020. He may take charge on 01 September 2020.

Presently, he is Chairman, Public Enterprise Selection Board.

The incumbent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora’s (Retd IAS:1980: RJ) tenure is ending April next year following which Sushil Chandra would replace him as the next CEC. Chandra’s term would end in May 2022. Rajiv Kumar will remain in the ECI as the second senior-most EC next to Sushil Chandra (Retd IRS IT:1980), and hence he would be the next CEC in 2024.  

21 Aug 2020
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Chief Election Commissioner for 2024?

The President of India is reported to have accepted the resignation tendered by the Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa (Retd IAS:1980:HY) with effect from Aug 31 following which the appointment of the new Election Commissioner is expected in a couple of days. Lavasa is set to proceed as Vice Chairman, Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Amid the unfolding scenario, the incumbent Union Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey (IAS:1985:MH) is said to have been the frontrunner for the post but there are other contenders as well. Pandey would complete the superannuation age in February next year. In case he becomes CE he will have a tenure up to February 2025. On the other hand, it is believed that Pandey may get a key assignment in the World Bank. 

It is further understood that whosoever is appointed as EC will be the Chief Election Commissioner during 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The incumbent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora’s (Retd IAS:1980:RJ) tenure is ending April next year following which Sushil Chandra would replace him as the next CEC. Chandra’s term would end in May 2022. As the second senior-most EC in May 2022, next to Sushil Chandra (Retd IRS IT:1980), would be the next CEC in 2024.  

It may be interesting to watch who next; Ajay Bhushan Pandey or 'someone else'.

19 Aug 2020
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Rajiv Kumar: Chief Election Commissioner for 2024

By IndianMandarins 21 Aug 2020

The NaMo administration on Friday appointed Rajiv Kumar (Retd IAS:1984:JH) as Election Commissioner vice Ashok Lavas (Retd IAS:1980:HY) who has resigned w.e.f 31 August 2020. He may take charge on 01 September 2020.

Presently, he is Chairman, Public Enterprise Selection Board.

The incumbent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora’s (Retd IAS:1980: RJ) tenure is ending April next year following which Sushil Chandra would replace him as the next CEC. Chandra’s term would end in May 2022. Rajiv Kumar will remain in the ECI as the second senior-most EC next to Sushil Chandra (Retd IRS IT:1980), and hence he would be the next CEC in 2024.  

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Chief Election Commissioner for 2024?

By IndianMandarins 19 Aug 2020

The President of India is reported to have accepted the resignation tendered by the Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa (Retd IAS:1980:HY) with effect from Aug 31 following which the appointment of the new Election Commissioner is expected in a couple of days. Lavasa is set to proceed as Vice Chairman, Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Amid the unfolding scenario, the incumbent Union Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey (IAS:1985:MH) is said to have been the frontrunner for the post but there are other contenders as well. Pandey would complete the superannuation age in February next year. In case he becomes CE he will have a tenure up to February 2025. On the other hand, it is believed that Pandey may get a key assignment in the World Bank. 

It is further understood that whosoever is appointed as EC will be the Chief Election Commissioner during 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The incumbent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora’s (Retd IAS:1980:RJ) tenure is ending April next year following which Sushil Chandra would replace him as the next CEC. Chandra’s term would end in May 2022. As the second senior-most EC in May 2022, next to Sushil Chandra (Retd IRS IT:1980), would be the next CEC in 2024.  

It may be interesting to watch who next; Ajay Bhushan Pandey or 'someone else'.

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Deputy Election Commissioner’s tenure extended

By IndianMandarins 01 Jul 2020

The NaMo administration on Wednesday extended the Central Deputation tenure of Sudeep Jain (lAS:1994:TN), Deputy Election Commissioner, Central Election Commission of India, for a period of six months beyond 21.06.2020.

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Das is Special Police Observer

By IndianMandarins 23 Nov 2019

Election Commission of India (ECI) has appointed Mrinal Kanti Das (Retd IPS:1977), former DGP of Manipur, as Special Police Observer for the ensuing Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand 2019. ECI took the decision in light of the specific challenges of Left Wing Extremism affecting the Law and Order situation in Jharkhand. Das reached Ranchi today to take up his new responsibility and oversee the deployment and other security related issues.

Earlier ECI had deputed Das as Special Observer for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

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IT notice to EC’s wife: Message is clear, stay right or upright

By IndianMandarins 24 Sep 2019

There is a murmur in the power corridor ever since news broke out about IT notices served on Novel Singhal, a former banker turned director of several companies. Though it appears to be a routine exercise but it sought the attention of the entire bureaucratic fraternity across service and batch.

IT department sought some clarifications from Ms Novel Singhal is a routine thing but they are being looked upon as gesturing, posturing and messaging for the entire bureaucracy. The message is loud and clear: Either be right or stay upright.

Ms Novel is the wife of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa who once served as Union Finance Secretary and during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections; Lavasa expressed his dissent over the implementation of model code of conduct.


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Khare is Director, CVC

By IndianMandarins 11 Jun 2019

Vivek Khare (Indian Telecom Service:1996) was on Monday appointed to the post of Director, Central Vigilance Commission for a period ending June 23, 2019. He  served as Director in Central Election Commission (CEC). 

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Ret DGPs Das & Sharma appointed observer

By IndianMandarins 29 Mar 2019

The Election Commission has appointed retired Manipur DGP K Das as special central police observer for Tripura and Mizoram. In addition, retired DG of BSF, KK Sharma, has been appointed for a similar role in West Bengal and Jharkhand despite objections from TMC.

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Curious case of Ajay Mittal: Competence Vs personal loyalty

By IndianMandarins 22 Mar 2019

Power corridors often look curious over the future prospects of retired IAS officers and those approaching retirement age. Take, for instance, the case of former Union Secretary for I&B and DoPT I&B Ajay Mittal (Retd IAS:1984:HP) who, in the official circle, is known for his affinity for Hindutva philosophy. However, he is also known for his dedicated professionalism and his peers often underline his attributes as a credible civil servant. Indeed, his sense of professionalism always overrides his political philosophy come what may. 

 

So, despite his well-known penchant for Hindutva, he has not been picked up for any post-retirement prize postings, even as many of his peers, on account of their allegedly pliant attitude, have been picked up for accommodations in organizations/institutions like Air India, Competition Commission of India, IRDAI, Election Commission, UPSC, CAG etc.

 

Even though the country’s top political authorities are known to have much soft corner for civil servants dedicated to Hindutva philosophy. At the same time the country’s top authority is seen uncomfortable with such officers who display high professionalism and refuse to compromise the service code for their personal political beliefs. 

 

Mittal's case may suggest that it is neither the ideological nor the high degree of professionalism that can earn one a reward from the NaMo administration; all that matters in the administration is one's willingness to take orders and execute them. But that has been the hallmark of all administrations in the country. So, the present NaMo administration can't really be singled out for that.

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