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Arun Goel appointed as new Election Commissioner of India

New Election Commissioner of India: Arun Goel, a former bureaucrat and officer from the Punjab cadre, took over as an election commissioner, filling the third and final position in the crucial constitutional body that supervises elections in India. The position had gone unfilled for six months. Goel now works alongside chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar and election commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey.

New Election Commissioner of India: Key Points

  • Arun Goel was personally phoned and congratulated on his appointment by Chief Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar, who is now serving as an international observer for Nepal’s ongoing national elections.
  • Shri Kumar welcomed Shri Goel to the Election Commission and said that his extensive and varied administrative expertise will support the Commission’s efforts to make elections more inclusive, accessible, and participatory.

New Election Commissioner of India: Important Highlights

The position has been vacant since former CEC Sushil Chandra retired on May 14 and gave authority to Rajiv Kumar.

“The President is pleased to appoint Arun Goel, IAS (Retd.) (PB: 1985) as the Election Commissioner in the Election Commission with effect from the date he enters office,” stated Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Law and Justice, in announcing the appointment.

New Election Commissioner of India: About Arun Goel

  • Arun Goel is a 1985 graduate and an IAS officer from the Punjab cadre.
  • He was supposed to retire on December 31 at age 60, but last Friday he voluntarily retired. He served as the secretary for heavy industries up until his voluntary retirement.
  • Prior to this, he was working in the union ministry of culture.
  • Arun Goel has served as the Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries between 2020 and 2022.
  • Secretary of the ministry of culture from 2018 to 2019.
  • Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority, 2017 Vice Chairman, AS&FA, Ministry of Labour & Employment 2015 – 2016
  • Ministry of Finance and Department of Revenue Joint Secretary 2012 – 2014
  • Joint Secretary for Urban Development Numerous Positions Held by the Punjab Government from 1993 to 2010
  • Additionally, for receiving First Class First and Record Breaker in all of the tests, the Governor of Punjab presented him with the Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence.
  • In addition, Arun Goel will take over as chief election commissioner (CEC) from Rajiv Kumar in February 2025. An election commissioner, or CEC, is allowed by law to serve in that capacity for a maximum of six years or until they turn 65.

New Election Commissioner of India: Responsibilities

  • The polling panel will now be able to decide on the dates of the elections that will take place in Karnataka, Telangana, and the northeastern states of Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Karnataka with the addition of a new member to the committee.
  • He should make sure that everything is disclosed to the public, the Indian population who are the foundation of India’s elections, and that elections are conducted in total transparency.
  • He needs to oversee the selection of a candidate to join a political party or for the elections.
  • While on election duty, one monitors the campaign and keeps an eye out for any misconduct or dishonest tactics.
  • assists the media in providing extensive coverage of the elections and process.
  • Keep an eye on the voting tally.
  • prepares polling places for the election process and arrives at the booth to do their election duties.
  • An announcement of the election results.
  • He must also make sure that all electoral commission regulations are observed because he is the election commissioner.

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