Asian Development Bank appoints Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa as new vice-president

Mukesh Ranjan
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 15

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who is understood for his dissenting views within the ballot panel, is all set to hitch Asian Development Bank at Manila in Philippines, because the multilateral monetary company has appointed him its vice-president to take care of non-public sector operations and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

In an order appointing Lavasa as its vice-president, the ADB mentioned: “He has a long and distinguished career in the Indian civil service. He is currently one of the Election Commissioners of India and previously served in a range of senior posts in the government of India”. He will succeed Diwakar Gupta, whose time period will finish on 31 August, it added.

It mentioned Lavasa is a distinguished Indian bureaucrat, who held positions like “Union Finance Secretary of India; Union Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change; and Union Secretary for the Ministry of Civil Aviation”. He has “intensive expertise in public-private partnerships and infrastructure growth on the state and federal ranges, with deep data on public coverage and the position of personal sector’, it added.

Lavasa goes to be the second solely within the historical past ballot panel to prematurely relinquish the submit. He had joined the Commission on January 23, 2018, and was as a result of retire from the ballot panel in October 2022 as Chief Election Commissioner.

Lavasa had hit the limelight throughout 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when he gave his dissenting be aware to the panel’s determination to present clear chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after which BJP president Amit Shah in circumstances of violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

The company additional mentioned that Lavasa led the Indian delegation within the local weather change negotiations for the Paris Agreement and was instrumental in finalising India’s nationally decided contributions, which included a serious position of the non-public sector.

“At both policy and project levels, he made significant contributions to the inclusion of the private sector in many development programs in India for different sectors such as energy, agriculture, finance, and infrastructure. As Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, he worked closely with many ADB projects that had private sector components,” the ADB mentioned within the assertion.

Lavasa has an MBA diploma from Southern Cross University in Australia, and MPhil in Defense and Strategic Studies diploma from the University of Madras.


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