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Maharashtra polls: Saharia to be state election commissioner

PTI  Mumbai, September 03, 2014
First Published: 20:19 IST(3/9/2014) | Last Updated: 20:34 IST(3/9/2014)

The Maharashtra state cabinet decided to recommend former chief secretary JS Saharia as Maharashtra state election commissioner (SEC) on Wednesday, to the Maharashtra state governor.

Saharia, who is a 1978-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, had attained superannuation in July 2014.

Former bureaucrat Neela Satyanarayan who was appointed State Election Commissioner of Maharashtra in 2009, retired on July 5 this year.

Saharia took charge as Maharashtra's chief secretary in December last year, succeeding Jayant Kumar Banthia.

A 1980 batch IAS officer Swadheen Kshatriya had succeeded Saharia as chief secretary a month ago.

As the SEC, which is a constitutional post, Saharia would be responsible for conducting local elections in Maharashtra state.

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