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Rajiv Kumar's record is of getting things done

He worked under Arun Jaitley, Piyush Goyal as well as Nirmala Sitharaman in the finance ministry, where he took charge as finance secretary in July 2019

Rajiv Kumar | Election Commissioners

Aditi Phadnis 

Rajiv Kumar
Kumar demonstrated his reputation for getting things done in the very first few weeks of his tenure in the finance ministry

His colleagues see him as a facilitator. Rajiv Kumar, 60, former finance secretary and secretary, banking and financial services who was appointed Election Commissioner last week, will have to fall back on this trait as he steers the country through a general election in 2024. He will retire in 2025. The critical Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal Assembly elections will fall during his tenure.



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First Published: Wed, August 26 2020. 06:01 IST