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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.

    ECI

    Shri Ashok Lavasa

    By ECI, in Hon'ble Commission,

    Election Commissioner
    Mr. Ashok Lavasa assumed charge as Election Commissioner of India on 23rd January, 2018. He is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Haryana cadre (Batch 1980). Prior to his appointment as Election Commissioner of India, Mr. Lavasa retired on superannuation as Union Finance Secretary on 31st October 2017. Prior to being the Finance Secretary of India, he served as Union Secretary Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change & Ministry of Civil Aviation.
    Mr. Lavasa has rich leadership experience of active service over 37 years. He is known for his contribution to good governance and policy reform initiatives that have been taken during his tenure of active service in Government of India and the State. He has a varied experience of international negotiations having led the Indian team during the PARIS AGREEMENT on Climate Change in December, 2015 besides the Montreal Protocol, the Conventions on Biodiversity and Desertification. As Joint Secretary, Economic Affairs, he carried out negotiations for setting up the Financial Action Task Force and for availing more than a dozen Development Loans with Asian Development Bank.
    He was Finance Secretary, when GST was introduced, the Railway Budget was merged with General Budget, the Plan-Non Plan distinction was done away with, the date of Budget presentation was advanced by 4 weeks and the General Financial Rules were revised. As Environment Secretary he initiated far reaching and wide ranging policy and procedural reforms that brought about perceptible administrative efficiency in environmental regulation.
    Earlier, he was Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Economic Affairs (Ministry of Finance). In the State he was Principal Secretary, Renewable Energy Sources, Power, Chief Coordinator (Industries), Resident Commissioner of Haryana, Managing Director of Haryana State Federation of Co-operative Sugar Mills limited, Managing Director, State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation, Tourism Corporation, Director, Industries and Director, Public Relations and Registrar of Kurukshetra University. Before joining the IAS, he taught in Delhi University as a lecturer from August 1978 to December 1979 and worked as Probationary Officer in State Bank of India from December 1979 to July 1980.
    Born on 21st October 1957, he did his graduation, BA (English Honours) and MA in English from Delhi University. He also has an MBA degree from Southern Cross University, New South Wales and M.Phil (Defence and Strategic Studies).
    Mr. Lavasa is an avid photographer and has held several exhibitions of his photographs in different cities. He has keen interest in adventure activities such as trekking, river rafting and parasailing and sports such as tennis, cricket and swimming. He has also authored a book 'AN UNCIVIL SERVANT', published by Rupa in 2006. 

    ECI

    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
     

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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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