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Maharashtra polls: Saharia to be state election commissioner

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

mumbai Updated: Sep 03, 2014 20:34 IST
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Maharashtra assembly polls,JS Saharia,state election commissioner

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.

First Published: Sep 03, 2014 20:19 IST