File photo of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa
Ashok Lavasa will replace Diwakar Gupta in ADB (ADB-Asian Development Bank), whose term ends on August 31.
New Delhi. Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has resigned from his post on Tuesday. Lavasa is set to take over as the Vice President of the Philippines-based Asian Development Bank (ADB-Asian Development Bank) next month. Ashok Lavasa took over as the Election Commissioner of India on 23 January 2018. He is a retired IAS officer of Haryana cadre (1980 batch). As joint secretary of economic affairs, he negotiated with the Asian Development Bank to take dozens of development loans and form a financial action task force.
Big decisions taken while being financial secretary-Ashok Lavasa was the Finance Secretary at the time when there were major changes or big decisions in the government. He was the Finance Secretary at the time of introduction of GST and the merger of Railway Budget with the General Budget.
Apart from this, when the date of presentation of the budget was extended by four weeks, he was still in the important post of Finance Secretary. When the General Financial Rules were amended, even at that time he was looking after this important post. While being the Environment Secretary, he initiated many policy and procedural reforms. Apart from this, he also held important positions in many ministries. He was Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, also held the post of Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs (Ministry of Finance).
Who is Ashok Lavasa-Ashok Lavasa was born on 21 October 1957. He did BA (English Honours) from Delhi University and MA in English only. Lavasa also holds an MBA from Australia’s Southern Cross University and has an M.Phil degree in Defense and Strategic Studies. Ashok Lavasa is very fond of photography. He has also done exhibitions of his photographs in different cities. Lavasa has also written a book named ‘An Uncivil Servant’. This book was published in 2006.
Before becoming an IAS, he was a lecturer at Delhi University from August 1978 to December 1979. Ashok Lavasa also worked as a Probationary Officer in the State Bank of India from December 1979 to July 1980.
Before becoming the Election Commissioner of India, he retired from the post of Union Finance Secretary on 31 October 2017. Prior to being the Finance Secretary of India, he was the Union Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
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Ashok Lavasa has over 37 years of experience in active service. While in the central and state government, he is credited for making a significant contribution to good governance and policy reform initiatives. Ashok Lavasa has also played a key role in many talks held at the international level.
Lavasa led the Indian team during the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015. Apart from this, he also led the Indian team during the Montreal Protocol and Convention on Biodiversity and Decertification.