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    Shri Sushil Chandra

    By ECI, in Hon'ble Commission,

    Chief Election Commissioner 
    Shri Sushil Chandra assumed office as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner of India on 13th April 2021. Shri Chandra belongs to the 1980 Batch of the Indian Revenue Service. Shri Chandra has been Election Commissioner in ECI since 15th February 2019. He is also Member of Delimitation Commission since 18th February 2020 looking after Delimitation of Jammu Kashmir UT.
    Having held several posts in the Income-Tax Department for nearly 39 years, Sh Sushil Chandra was appointed CBDT Chairman on 1stNovember 2016. 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 and thereafter assuming the post of Chairman of this Apex body.
    Transparency and purity of political finance are of vital importance for free and fair electoral process and the creation of a level playing field. Continuing the crusade that he started as CBDT Chairman against the menace of black money, Shri Chandra was proactive as the erstwhile Election Commissioner in curbing the use of Money Power that vitiates the Electoral Process. He has constantly emphasized the concept of "Inducement-Free" elections and it has become an integral dimension of monitoring the electoral process in all ongoing and forthcoming elections. Process of focused and comprehensive monitoring through the deployment of Special Expenditure Observers, activating the role of many more enforcement agencies in the process of Election Expenditure monitoring, more exhaustive and frequent reviews of observers and other agencies are few of the aspects of electoral management encouraged by him. During his tenure as Chairman, CBDT, he had played an active role in unearthing illegal money often used during Assembly Elections. With his continuous monitoring the seizures of cash, liquor, freebies, narcotics have increased substantially in recent elections.
    His contributions are also reflective in systemic changes like the Form 26 that has now become an integral part of essential paperwork. Shri Chandra as Chairman CBDT took special efforts in the area of verification of affidavits filed by the candidates before elections. In 2018 in his role as Chairman CBDT, Shri Chandra was instrumental in evolving a uniform format of sharing details of all assets and liabilities not mentioned in the affidavits of the candidates. 
    An avid proponent of the use of technology, Shri Chandra has overseen implementation of recent IT applications for facilitating electoral processes. Facilitation through innovative IT applications in Election systems have been a unique contribution of Sh Sushil Chandra to the 2019 17thLok Sabha Elections and the Legislative Assembly Elections held since in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Delhi. Holding of elections to State Assemblies of Bihar, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal amidst Covid concerns and making processes such as nomination and filing of papers online, extending option of postal ballot to the specific categories of senior citizens, Persons with Disabilities, essential services personnel as also Covid patients/suspects, has seen Sh Chandra lead from the front with an iron will to work despite challenges. 
    Shri Chandra has been instrumental in the exchange of Best Electoral Practices among the Electoral Management Bodies internationally. In June 2019 he participated in the Presidential Election process of Kazakhstan as an International Election Observer. He was invited to the 18th Cambridge Conference on Electoral Democracy in the Commonwealth Trinity College, Cambridge, UK in July 2019. He participated in the 3rd Plenary Assembly of Global Network Electoral Justice conference held in Los Cabos, Mexico in November 2019. He also attended the 2nd Electoral Studies Program Conference in Bali in December 2019. 
    Born on 15thMay 1957, Shri Chandra did his B.Tech. from IIT Roorkee (BE Civil, 1977). He received Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater on 25thNovember 2019. He also holds a degree in LLB from DAV College, Dehradun and has undergone various trainings at IMF, IIM Bengaluru and Wharton on management. Before joining the Indian Revenue Service, he was in the Indian Engineering Service.

    ECI

    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.

    ECI
    Election Commissioner
    Shri Anup Chandra Pandey assumed charge as Election Commissioner (EC) of India on 9th June, 2021. Shri Pandey, an officer of Indian Administrative Serviceof 1984 batch, Uttar Pradesh cadre superannuated as Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh in August 2019.
    During the span of about 37 years of distinguished Government of India service, Shri Pandey has worked in various Ministries & Departments at the Centre and his state cadre of Uttar Pradesh.
    Prior to joining the Election Commission of India, Shri Pandey served as a Member National Green Tribunal Oversight Committee Uttar Pradesh. Under his administrative leadership as Chief Secretary, the state successfully organized the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas at Varanasi in 2019.
    Earlier, Shri Anup Chandra served as Industrial Development Commissioner of the state and successfully organized a mega Investor’s Summit at Lucknow in 2018. He also introduced various policy reforms in the industries and business sector including single window Nivesh Mitra Portal, identification, development & allocation of industrial land banks and focus on industrial infrastructure.
    As Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Government of Uttar Pradesh. Shri Pandey’s endeavours led to successful designing, planning and implementation of Uttar Pradesh Farm Loan Waiver Scheme.
    Shri Pandey has held diverse portfolios during his deputation with the central government.  He served as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India where he represented the country at various international forums like G20 and International Labour Organization. He was also Director in Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Department of Consumer Affairs.
    Shri Pandey has a keen interest in writing and has authored a book titled “Governance in Ancient India” which explores the evolution, nature, scope, functions and all related aspects of ancient Indian Civil Service from the Rig Vedic period to 650 AD.
    Born on 15th February 1959, Shri Anup Chandra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College and a Master’s degree in Materials Management from Panjab University. Shri Anup Chandra who has a keen interest in study of history holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Ancient Indian History from Magadh University.

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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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