Navin B. Chawla (India), Former chief election commissioner of India

Former chief election commissioner of India


Navin B Chawla gained his college education from St. Stephen’s College and London University. He has a diploma in social administration from the London School of Economics and he had also been a fellow of the Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University. He was passed the civil services examination in 1969 and he became an IAS Officer. He had served in many important positions of Government of India.

In the period of 1975 to 1977, he was served as the director of Delhi Tourism Development Corporation, Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation and also director of Financial Corporation in Delhi. In 1977-79, he was served as the collector of Lakshadweep. In 1979 to 1980, he hold the posts of secretary in the Department of Finance and additional secretary in the Town planning. He also hold the various top level posts including deputy secretary and director of Ministry of Labour, general manager of Super Bazar, secretary in the department of medical and public health and also a joint secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in New Delhi. In the period of 1996 to 2003, he hold the posts of secretary in Ministry of Delhi Home Affaires, chairman of Delhi Electricity Board, principal secretary in Government of Delhi, principal secretary in government of Pondicherry and secretary in Union Public Service Commission in New Delhi.

In 2005, he was appointed as the election commissioner of India.

He is author of many books including “Mother Teresa” and a “Report on the rehabilitation of the leprosy affected in India”. He was awarded by the Government of Italy with the “Mazzini” award for his efforts to a forge a new relationship with Italy and strengthening existing bonds in 2005. He also got award from the “Institution of Directors”, New Delhi in 2004.