Arun Goel Ias Biography

Arun Goel was born on the 7th of December in Punjab, India, which would make him 60 years old as of the year 2022. He was born under the sign of Sagittarius. He received a gold medal for both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Mathematics from Punjabi University in Patiala, Punjab. After that, he attended Churchill College, which is part of the University of Cambridge in England, and earned a postgraduate diploma in development economics. In 1985, he was presented with the chancellor’s award for achievement in academics from the Governor of Punjab. This medal is the highest honor in the province.

 

Career

  • Additional Deputy Commissioner: Junior Scale in Cadre (AIS), District Admn/Land Revenue Mgmt & District Admn (1 June 1989-28 February 1991
  • Additional Deputy Commissioner: Junior Scale Cadre (AIS) in District Admn/Land Revenue Mgmt & District Admn (1 June 1989-30 June 1989)
  • Chief Administrator Under Secretary: Cadre (AIS) in Urban Development/Urban Development (1 July 1989-28 February 1991)
  • President Under Secretary: Cadre (AIS) in Municipal Administration/Urban Development (1 July 1989-28 February 1991)
  • Jt Secy to Governor Under Secretary: Cadre (AIS) in Governor’s Sectt./Staff Officers (28 February 1991 to 22 September 1991)
  • Jt Secy Under Secretary: Cadre (AIS) in General Administration/Personnel and General Administration (26 July 1992-30 July 1993)
  • Deputy Commissioner Under Secretary, Bhatinda: Cadre (AIS) in District Admn/Land Revenue Mgmt & District Admn (1 August 1993-30 June 1994)
  • Secretary Under Secretary, Punjab: State Agriculture Mktg Bd (PSAMB), Cadre (AIS) in Agricultural Marketing/Agriculture & Cooperation (30 June 1994- 31 October 1994)
  • Managing Director Under Secretary, Chandigarh: Cadre (AIS) in Industries (31 October 1994-30 November 1995)
  • Managing Director Under Secretary, Chandigarh: Cadre (AIS) in Tourism (31 October 1994-30 November 1995)
  • Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Secretary, Ludhiana: Cadre (AIS) in District Admn/Land Revenue Mgmt & District Admn (30 November 1995-31 December 1996)
  • Managing Director Deputy Secretary: Cadre (AIS) in Public Distribution/Consumer Affairs, Food & PD (31 December 1996 -28 February 1997)
  • Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Secretary, Ludhiana: Cadre (AIS) in District Admn/Land Revenue Mgmt & District Admn (28 February 1997-31 January 1998)
  • Deputy Commissioner, Director, Ludhiana: Cadre (AIS) District Admn/Land Revenue Mgmt & District Admn (31 January 1998-30 April 2000)
  • Managing Director: Cadre (AIS) in Shipping/Transport (1 January 2000-31 January 2001)
  • Managing Director, Warehousing Corporation Ltd., Punjab: Cadre (AIS) in Civil Supplies/Consumer Affairs, Food & PD (9 May 2000-31 January 2001)
  • Managing Director, Joint Secretary, State Warehousing Corpn: Cadre (AIS) in Civil Supplies/Consumer Affairs, Food & PD (31 January 2001-07 December 2001)
  • Managing Director, Joint Secretary: Cadre (AIS) in Shipping /Transport (31 January 2001-07 December 2001)
  • Managing Director, Joint Secretary, State Warehousing Corpn: Cadre (AIS) in Civil Supplies/Consumer Affairs, Food & PD (19 January 2002-28 February 2002)
  • Managing Director, Joint Secretary: Cadre (AIS) in Shipping /Transport (19 January 2002-28 February 2002)
  • Secretary: Cadre (AIS) in Youth Affairs & Sports/Youth in Affairs & Sports (28 February 2002-31 May 2003)
  • Managing Director, Joint Secretary, Small Ind & Export Corp Punjab: Cadre (AIS) in Industries (12 May 2003-14 June 2006)
  • Secretary, Punjab: Cadre (AIS) in Finance (15 June 2006-15 March 2007)
  • Director, Punjab: Cadre (AIS) in Disinvestment/Finance (15 June 2006-15 March 2007)
  • Secretary, Housing & Urban Dev Deptt: Cadre (AIS) in Urban Development (15 March 2007-4 November 2009)
  • Vice Chairman, Punjab Urban in Development Authority (PUDA): Cadre (AIS) Urban Development/Urban Development (15 March 2007-4 November 2009)
  • Principal Secy: Cadre (AIS)in Urban Housing/Urban Development (04 November 2009-14 December 2009)
  • Secretary, Punjab, Urban Dev Authority (PUDA): Cadre (AIS) in Urban Development (4 November 2009-02 May 2011)
  • Principal Secy, Power Deptt, Punjab: Cadre (AIS) Power/Energy (14 December 2009-4 May 2011)
  • Joint Secretary, Urban Dev, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM): Centre, Urban Development (5 May 2011-28 June 2012)
  • Joint Secretary, Finance: Centre, Revenue/Finance (28 June 2012-30 July 2015)
  • Vice Chairman, Urban Dev: Centre, Urban Development (31 July 2015-31 October 2016)
  • Additional Secy & F A: Centre, Labour/Labour & Employment (1 November 2016- 22 May 2018)
  • Additional Secretary, Culture Centre: Cultural Affairs/Culture (22 May 2018-31 July 2018)
  • Spl Secy, Culture: Centre, Cultural Affairs/Culture (1 August 2018-9 August 2018)
  • Secretary, Culture: Centre, Cultural Affairs/Culture (10 August 2018-31 December 2019)
  • Secretary, Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Heavy Industry, New Delhi: Centre, Heavy Industries/Industries (31 December 2019-31 December 2022)

On the 18th of November 2022, he retired from his position as Secretary of the Ministry of Heavy Industries according to his own free will. His position was taken up by Kamran Rizvi. The date of his retirement was scheduled for the 31st of December in 2022. On November 19, 2022, he was given the position of Election Commissioner of India by President Droupadi Murmu of India, who made the appointment. According to the announcement made by the Ministry of Law and Justice of the Union,

Facts

 

  • Arun Goel is a 1985 batch IAS officer of the Punjab cadre. He was to retire on December 31 at the age of 60 but took voluntary retirement last Friday.
  • He was serving as the heavy industries secretary until his voluntary retirement. Previously, he served in the union culture ministry.
  • Goel’s appointment comes days before elections in Gujarat, which may witness heightened political tension between the ruling BJP, the opposition Congress and newcomers AAP.
  • Arun Goel is also next in line to be chief election commissioner (CEC) – when incumbent Rajiv Kumar demits office in February 2025. According to the law, the election commissioner or CEC post can be held for up to six years or till attaining the age of 65.
  • With Goel taking charge, the poll panel will now have its full strength while deciding on schedules for elections next year, including those in Karnataka, Telangana and the northeastern states of Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura and Karnataka.