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Shri Rajeev Kumar taking charge as the New Election Commissioner of India, in New Delhi on September 01, 2020.

Rajiv Kumar takes over as new Election Commissioner

New Delhi:1/9/20: Rajiv Kumar today assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner (EC) of India. Sh Kumar joins the Election Commission of India with Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra.

Born on 19th February 1960, Shri Rajiv Kumar is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service Officer.  During the span of more than 36 years of Government of India service, Shri Kumar has worked in various ministries at the Centre and his state cadre of Bihar/Jharkhand.

Acquiring his academic degrees of B.SC, LL.B, PGDM, and MA Public Policy, Shri Kumar has extensive work experience across Social Sector, Environment & Forests, Human Resources, Finance, and Banking Sector.

He has a keen commitment to the use of technology applications and to bring about amendments in extant policy regime towards greater transparency, delivery

of services to citizens directly, eliminating intermediaries. Sh Kumar retired as Finance Secretary, Government of India in February 2020. He was thereafter appointed as Chairman Public Enterprises Selection Board from April 2020 till the demitting office on 31st August 2020.  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 in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Forests as also Education department in State cadre.

Sh Rajiv Kumar is an avid trekker with a keen interest in Indian classical and devotional music.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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