For the first time, the government on Monday appointed a woman IPS officer as the chief of a paramilitary force. Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer Archana Ramasundram will take over as Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
The 1980-batch officer is the current head of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). She is understood to have sought time to take over her new job, as she is the main organiser of an ongoing biometrics conference in Bhopal.
The SSB chief’s post fell vacant on January 31, after then DG B D Sharma retired.
Ramasundram has been appointed to the post till the date of her superannuation on September 30, 2017, according to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Ramasundram was last in news in 2014 over her appointment as Additional Director in the CBI. Her appointment was also challenged in the Supreme Court after which she was moved to the NCRB as its chief.
Some key appointments in the CRPF, BSF, home ministry and NCRB were also made Monday.
The government has appointed Telangana cadre IPS officer K Durga Prasad as Director General of CRPF. As former chief of Greyhounds, Prasad was instrumental in anti-Naxal operations in Andhra Pradesh. He later took over as chief of the Special Protection Group, but was removed from the post during the first few months of the current NDA government. He is currently serving as special director in the CRPF, and will take charge from current DG Prakash Mishra who retires on February 29.
The BSF too will get a new chief at the end of the month. The government Monday appointed 1982-batch Rajasthan cadre IPS officer K K Sharma as its DG. Sharma, who is currently Additional DG with the force, will take charge from current DG D K Pathak.
Kerala cadre IPS officer of 1982 batch M K Singla has been appointed as special secretary, internal security, in the home ministry. The post fell vacant after Ashok Prasad retired last month.
Meanwhile, the post vacated by Ramasundram has been filled with the appointment of Bihar cadre 1981-batch IPS officer A R K Kini.