The Union Government on 26 April 2017 appointed Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar as the Director General (DG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He will retain the post till 31 December 2019 i.e. the date of his superannuation, or till further orders, whichever is earlier.
Bhatnagar was at present serving as the Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
On the other hand, Union Government also appointed R. K. Pachnanda as the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
Pachnanda was serving as the DG of National Disaster Response Force. He will serve the post till 31 October 2018.
Pachnanda replaces Krishna Choudhary, who retires on 30 June 2017.
The appointments come a couple of days after the Sukma attack, in which 25 CRPF Jawans sacrificed their lives.
About Central Reserve Police Force
• The Central Reserve Police Force is the largest of India's Central Armed Police Forces.
• It functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
• With 235 battalions and various other establishments, the CRPF is considered India's largest paramilitary force.
• Its primary role lies in assisting the State/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and counter insurgency.
• The Force came into existence as the Crown Representative's Police on 27 July 1939. After the independence of India, it became the CRPF on enactment of the CRPF Act on 28 December 1949.
Who: Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar
When: 26 April 2017