Rajiv Kumar is a retired Indian Administrative Companies officer and is the twenty fifth Chief Election Commissioner, who shall be overseeing the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections. Earlier than being appointed as a Chief Election Commissioner, Rajiv Kumar served as an Election Commissioner. He’s accredited with formulating financial insurance policies which have positively impacted the nation.
Rajiv Kumar was born on Friday, 19 February 1960 (age 62 years; as of 2022) in Uttar Pradesh, India. After finishing his education in Uttar Pradesh, Rajiv Kumar graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) diploma. Rajiv then pursued and accomplished his LLB diploma from Delhi College. Rajiv has additionally accomplished his Publish-Graduate Diploma in Administration (PGDM) from IGNOU. He, afterward, accomplished his MA in Public Coverage and Sustainability from the TERI Faculty Of Superior Research. After finishing his LLB, in 1982, Rajiv cleared his UPSC examination and went on to hitch the distinguished Lal Bahadur Shastri Nationwide Academy Of Administration (LBSNAA).
Rajiv Kumar belongs to a household from Uttar Pradesh.
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Spouse & Kids
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He has two daughters.
An illustrious profession as a Civil Servant
1986 to 1991
After finishing his coaching on the Lal Bahadur Shastri Nationwide Academy Of Administration, Rajiv Kumar, from 1986 to 1988, served within the Land Income Administration and District Administration Division as a Sub Divisional Officer (SDO). In the identical division, Rajiv Kumar, in 1988, was promoted to the rank of an Further District Justice of the Peace (ADM), a rank which he held until 1989. In 1989, in the identical division, Rajiv was once more promoted to the rank of Deputy Improvement Commissioner (DDC). He continued to serve in the identical division until 1991.
1991 to 1993
Rajiv Kumar served with the Central authorities’s Ministry of Surroundings and Forests. Within the ministry, Rajiv was posted as an Below Secretary, within the Division of Nationwide Mission on Wasteland Improvement.
1993 to 1996
As a Deputy Commissioner (DC), posted at Ranchi, Rajiv Kumar served within the Division of Land Income Administration and District Administration.
1996 to 1999
Upon being promoted to the rank of Deputy Secretary, Rajiv Kumar served because the Managing Director of Industries. In 1997, Rajiv was promoted to the rank of Director, after which he continued to serve in the identical division until 1999.
1999 to 2000
Rajiv Kumar, as a Director served within the Personnel and Normal Administration Division. Within the division, he was given an appointment as a Particular Secretary. In 2000, Rajiv went on to function the Director of the Ministry of Main Schooling.
2000 to 2001
Rajiv Kumar served because the Director of the Industrial Division.
2001 to 2006
Rajiv Kumar, in 2001, was posted as a Director within the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the place he served beneath the Division of SC/ST Welfare and Social Justice and Empowerment. From 2005 to 2006, Rajiv served as a Joint Secretary within the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Rajiv can be accredited with introducing the Scheduled Tribes (Reorganisation of Forests Rights) Invoice, of 2005 and Particular Central Help to States and Grants beneath Article 275(1) of the Indian Structure. The invoice improved the unhindered circulation of funds from the Central and State governments, for the general growth of Scheduled and TSP areas.
2006 to 2008
Whereas Rajiv Kumar was serving as a Joint Secretary within the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, he was despatched overseas for a particular coaching mission.
2008 to 2012
Rajiv served as an Further Resident Commissioner on the Jharkhand Bhavan in New Delhi from 2008 to 2009. There he sorted the functioning of the Personnel and Normal Administration Division. In 2009, Rajiv was promoted to the rank of Further Secretary after which, served as a Resident Commissioner at Jharkhand Bhavan until 2012.
2012 to 2015
Rajiv Kumar served with the Division of Expenditure, as a Joint Secretary, beneath the Ministry of Finance.
2015 to 2017
In 2015, Rajiv Kumar was promoted to the rank of Further Secretary. After being promoted, he served because the Institution Officer and Further Secretary, within the Division of Personnel and Coaching beneath the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. In 2017, in the identical division, beneath the identical Ministry, Rajiv was promoted to the rank of Particular Secretary.
2017 to 2020
Rajiv served within the Division of Monetary Companies as a Secretary. The division got here beneath the Ministry of Finance.
As a Finance Secretary, Rajiv Kumar launched many amendments to the Banking, Insurance coverage and Pension Schemes. The amendments have been based mostly upon the ‘4 Rs’, that’s, Recognition, Recapitalization, Decision and Reform. In 2019, Rajiv launched the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act, 2019; which prohibited the banks from forcefully depositing big quantities of cash from poor checking account holders. Along with it; to strengthen the regulatory management of RBI over Multi-State Cooperative Banks, Rajiv launched the Banking Regulation Act. This act aimed toward curbing the unlawful and fraudulent practices being undertaken by the banks.
Earlier than retiring, Rajiv was made the Chairman of the Division of Public Enterprises Choice Board (PESB) beneath the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
Being part of famend establishments
Rajiv Kumar has served as a member in addition to a Director of a number of famend establishments in India. Rajiv has been the Director of the Central Board of Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI), State Financial institution of India, and NABARD. He has additionally been an esteemed member of the Financial Intelligence Council (EIC), Monetary Stability and Improvement Council (FSDC), Financial institution Board Bureau (BBB), Monetary Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee (FSRASC) and the Civil companies Board.
Serving because the Election Commissioner of India
In 2021, Rajiv Kumar was appointed because the Election Commissioner of India. As an Election Commissioner, Rajiv is understood to have taken a troublesome stand in opposition to the wrongdoers.
In 2021, he objected to the plea filed by the Election Fee of India, within the Madras Excessive Courtroom. The plea demanded the court docket to debar any media outlet from reporting the oral observations of the Election Fee’s Ballot Panel. He additionally took a stand in opposition to the EC for not penalising the political events, for flouting the given COVID 19 campaigning guidelines. In an interview, Rajiv Kumar mentioned,
The ballot panel ought to be put up on homicide expenses in all probability, for failing to make all of the campaigning, political events to stick and observe the Covid 19 norms in the course of the Meeting polls in a number of states. The Election Fee must be absolved of all of the doubts casted on it, in order to avoid wasting the Indian democracy, lest everybody else begin making insinuations and allegations in far more magnified, exponentially derogatory phrases.”
- Rajiv, as a Residential Commissioner, performed a pivotal position in 2011 within the launch of a JNU scholar, after she was illegally detained by Ranchi police for marrying exterior her caste. Rajiv, to cease the protests in JNU, interacted immediately with the scholars and personally referred to as and requested the DGP of Jharkhand Police to launch the lady arrested by the police.
- The incident of a Residential Commissioner speaking immediately with the scholars got here as a shock to everybody, as a Residential Commissioner not often interacted with the scholars.
- Rajiv Kumar can be accredited with the formulation and implementation of a number of profitable nationwide insurance policies such because the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and the Mudra mortgage scheme.
- Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the pinnacle of the Clear Personnel Administration, which was chargeable for upgrading NITI Aayog’s total capabilities and functioning.
- Rajiv Kumar has a ardour for trekking. He has crossed a number of well-known Himalayan passes akin to Ladakh, Himachal, Uttrakhand, Sikkim and Tibet. He has additionally lined the passes in Sahyadri, Western Ghats and Palghat.
- In his leisure time, Rajiv Kumar likes listening to previous Indian classical songs in addition to devotional songs. He additionally likes practising meditation.