New Delhi, Dec 2 : Sunil Arora, who was appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner by President Ram Nath Kovind, has taken charge on Sunday.
He succeeds OP Rawat, who demitted office on Saturday.Arora assumes charge at a time when the poll panel is in the midst of conducting assembly elections in five states.
As the Chief Election Commissioner, Arora will oversee the 2019 general election. Besides the LokSabha elections, he will also be responsible for the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim that are scheduled to be held next year.
Arora, a 1980 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre,62, had been the Information and Broadcasting Secretary, and Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.Arora has worked in ministries such as finance, textiles and the Planning Commission.
He also served as joint secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation during 1999-2002 and the CMD, Indian Airlines, for five years — two years as additional charge and three years as full charge.