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    Shri Sunil Arora

    By ECI, in Hon'ble Commission,

    Chief Election Commissioner
    Sh. Sunil Arora took charge as Chief Election Commissioner of India on 2nd December 2018.  Prior to assuming charge as Chief Election Commissioner, he served as Election Commissioner of India from 1st September 2017 to 1st December, 2018 and was associated with the conduct of elections of the state Assemblies in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland & Karnataka. While serving as CEC, the Commission has successfully conducted the General Election to the 17th Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha & Sikkim. 

    He is a retired civil servant (IAS, 1980 batch) belonging to the Rajasthan cadre. Sh. Arora brings rich leadership experience of over 36 years heading key departments while driving governance and policy reform initiatives both at Government of India (GOI) and State levels.

    Sh. Arora served as Secretary to GOI in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) where he spearheaded several initiatives including curation, restoration and preservation of feature and non-feature films through digitisation, review of film certification framework via the Shyam Benegal Committee, breaking the stalemate at FTII, an extensive I&B cadre review, and digitisation of cable space to name a few.

    His stint at I&B was preceded by a one-year term as Secretary to GOI in the then-newly formed Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). In addition to consolidating the new Ministry, Sh. Arora steered the formulation and design of National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015 and established the National Skill Development Mission in a record period of 8 months. Both initiatives were launched by Hon'ble Prime Minister in July 2015. He also led the design and implementation of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), MSDE's Flagship Skill Training scheme, launched by Hon'ble Prime Minister in July 2015, while vigorously pushing for the implementation of the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) to align different skills and proficiency levels.

    Sh. Arora led the administrative and policy reforms to revitalise the then Indian Airlines as its Chairman & Managing Director from 2000-2005 – first two years of which overlapped with his tenure as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Civil Aviation. It was during this time that besides showing all round improvement in the passenger services and on-time performance, Indian Airlines registered a net profit during 2003-04 and 2004-05 after many years. The overall revenues went up from Rs.3700 crores to Rs.5100 crores with the same number of Aircraft. As Joint Secretary, he was tasked to look after security, Airports Authority of India, domestic air transport and Pawan Hans etc. It was during this period that the Union Government took the crucial decision to deploy CISF for security purposes at airports and being Joint Secretary, Sh. Arora played a key role in getting this transition operationalised on the ground.

    Just before joining MSDE in Delhi in 2014, he served as Additional Chief Secretary (Home) to Government of Rajasthan driving formulation of policy, strategy, governance and regulation for key sectors including Civil Defence, Civil Aviation, Home Guards and Jail Administration, etc. Prior to that, he was focussing on Industries as Additional Chief Secretary as well as Chairman of the Rajasthan State Industrial and Investment Corporation (RIICO) from 2005-2013. Aside from being a key proponent for the Rajasthan State Industrial Policy, Sh. Arora has been on the board of various corporate entities, such as Barmer Mining and Lignite Company, Mahindra SEZ, and Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Limited. He oversaw the development of the Japanese Zone in Neemrana (Alwar), leading to the establishment of various manufacturing units in the State for instance Honda. Sh. Arora was the Principal Staff Officer of Chief Minister, Rajasthan from 2005-2009 as well as from 1993-1998. His district postings spanned from 1985-1993 as Collector and District Magistrate for Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur, and Jodhpur.

    Sh. Arora superannuated from Civil Services in April 2016, following which he was appointed as an Advisor to Prasar Bharti followed by Director General & CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.  

    He did his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in English in Hoshiarpur under Panjab University.


    Shri Sushil Chandra

    By ECI, in Hon'ble Commission,

    Election Commissioner 
    Shri Sushil Chandra assumed charge as Election Commissioner of India on 15th February 2019. He belongs to the 1980 Batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). Prior to his appointment as Election Commissioner of India, Shri Chandra was posted as the Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) which is the Apex Body looking after the work of Policy Administration and implementation of Direct Taxes in India. He had been heading CBDT since November, 2016. Shri Chandra served for 38 years in the Indian Revenue Service before assuming charge as Election Commissioner of India. 
    Shri Chandra has a rich and varied experience in various areas of taxation, having held sensitive posts in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Delhi. He has worked in the areas of litigation, compliance management and International Taxation. His forte has been in the field of Investigation where he spent considerable time as Director of Investigation and Director General of Investigation, Mumbai and Gujarat, respectively followed by his stint as Member (Investigation), CBDT. 
    Shri Chandra was at the forefront of the Government’s fight against black money as he spearheaded the Department’s action against tax evasion in the wake of demonetization. He actively strengthened the Government's clampdown on benami transactions by executing the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988. During his tenure as Chairman, CBDT, he also led from the front while playing an active role in the unearthing of illegal money used during the Assembly Elections. He signed various treaties with other countries for automatic exchange of information between the countries. He also represented India in various International Conferences on International Taxation, Tax Crimes and use of technology in taxation. While at the helm of affairs, he was the person who signed the treaty between India and Switzerland which was critical for automatic exchange of information between the two countries.
    Under his stewardship the Department made extensive use of data mining and analytics for carrying out investigations into dubious transactions and tax evasion matters in a non-intrusive manner through ‘Operation Clean Money’. An avid proponent of the use of technology Shri Chandra has also taken the lead in rolling out the e-assessment process where scrutiny assessments are being made without any physical interface between the tax payer and the tax department. With the increased use of technology and data mining, he was instrumental in increasing the number of taxpayers by 24% (F.Y. 2017-18)
    Born on 15th May, 1957, he did his B-Tech from Roorkee University and also holds a degree in LLB from DAV College, Dehradun. He has also undergone various trainings at IMF, IIM Bengaluru and Wharton on management. Before joining IRS, he was in the Indian Engineering Service.


    Shri Rajiv Kumar

    By ECI, in Hon'ble Commission,

    Election Commissioner
    Sh. Rajiv Kumar took charge as Election Commissioner in ECI on 1st September 2020. Prior to assuming charge in Election Commission, Sh. Rajiv Kumar had been Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board. He had joined as Chairman PESB in April 2020. Sh. Rajiv Kumar, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service of Bihar/Jharkhand cadre 1984 batch, superannuated from the Indian Administrative Service in February 2020. 
    Born on  19th February 1960 and acquiring academic degrees of B.SC, LL.B, PGDM and MA Public Policy, Shri Rajiv Kumar brings with him vast experience of more than 36 years of Government of India service, having worked in various Ministries at the Centre and State cadre across Social Sector, Environment & Forests, Human Resources, Finance and Banking sector.
    During his tenure as Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary, Department of Financial Services to GOI, (Sept 2017 - Feb 2020), he had the mandate to look after Banking, Insurance and Pension Reforms. Sh. Kumar supervised financial services sector and was instrumental in inter-alia introducing major initiatives/reforms such as: Banking reforms with comprehensive approach of Recognition, Recapitalization, Resolution and Reform. As a starting point to  curb circulation of  black money in layered fashion, Sh. Kumar had frozen bank accounts of ~3.38 lakh shell companies used for creating fictitious equity. He planned and implemented an unprecedented re-capitalization programme for PSBs amounting to Rs. 2.11 lakh crore to support capital adequacy of PSBs and prevent default.  He is credited with turnaround of banking sector and establishing in a short span that lenders and borrowers have to stick to prudential norms of lending. 
    Shri Rajiv Kumar has been Director, Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), SBI, NABARD; Member, Economic Intelligence Council (EIC); Member, Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC); Member, Bank Board Bureau (BBB); Member, Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee (FSRASC), Civil services Board among many other such Boards and Committees.
    Sh. Kumar was also instrumental in  conceiving and implementing mega Merger & Acquisitions in financial sector. Streamlining of National Pension System (NPS) was also effected benefitting approximately 18 lakh central government employees including enhancement of mandatory contribution by the Central Government, providing freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and pattern of investment to central government employees and other tax reliefs was also ensured by him.
    Sh. Kumar has keen commitment to bring transparency, check information arbitrage and protect the vulnerable sections of Society through  the use of technology applications and/or amendments in legislation or extant Policy regime, wherever required. Some initiatives in this direction include, the passing of Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act, 2019 to provide much needed protection to poor depositors and deal with the menace of illicit deposit taking schemes; Amendment in Banking Regulation Act to strengthen Regulatory Powers of RBI over Multi State Cooperative Banks to avoid wrongdoing like in case of PMC Banks.
    Sh. Kumar has also been Establishment Officer, Department of  Personnel and Training from 2015-17 and prior to that Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure with earlier assignments also in Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Forest as also Education Department in State cadre.
    He spearheaded Transparent Personnel Management to encourage integrity and probity. He was also member of the Task force for restructuring of NITI Aayog. On the basis of the report, present structure of NITI Aayog was approved.
    During 2001-2007, as Director and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Sh. Kumar drafted the Scheduled Tribes (Reorganisation of Forests Rights) Bill, 2005 and was responsible for Special Central Assistance to States and Grants under Art. 275(1) of the Constitution for development of Scheduled Areas and TSP areas. 
    In the field, he  has worked as Director, Primary Education, Bihar; Director Industries, Bihar; Deputy Commissioner, District Development Commissioner, ADM (Law & Order) and SDM. 
    Sh. Kumar loves to spend time with his family. He is a proud father and a close friend of his two daughters. He is a keen trekker and has  crossed number of passes across Himalayas in Ladakh, Himachal, Uttrakhand, Sikkim, Tibet  and also in Sahyadri, Western Ghats, Palghat, etc. Sh. Kumar loves Indian vocal classical and devotional music; meditation.

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ECI Main websiteThe Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India. The body administers elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies in India, and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country. The Election Commission operates under the authority of Constitution per Article 324, and subsequently enacted Representation of the People Act. 

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