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Speculations Rife About Appointment Of New CRPF DG

The biggest post of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was vacated with the superannuation of 1986 batch IPS officer Kuldiep Singh – who was the chief of India’s largest Central Armed Police Force – on September 30.

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By: Alok Singh | New Delhi
Updated: October 1, 2022 16:56
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The biggest post of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was vacated with the superannuation of 1986 batch IPS officer Kuldiep Singh – who was the chief of India’s largest Central Armed Police Force – on September 30. With his retirement, the talks of his likely successor are gaining momentum in the corridors of bureaucracy.

Will he be the DG appointed from the 1987 or 1988 batch or the Union government will take the DGP from the opposition-ruled state? These are some of the questions which are being hotly discussed as no order has come so far.

The front runners for the post of DG CRPF are stated to be 1987 batch Gujarat Cadre IPS and Jammu And Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh and another 1988 batch Gujarat Cadre IPS and DGP National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) Atul Karwal. Sources said the government’s appointment committee of the cabinet (ACC) is seriously considering their names.

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The delay in appointment of CRPF DG is also seen as the government thinking of a new face for the prestigious post, as per the sources of the CRPF.

The recent appointment of Delhi Police CP, Sanjay Arora, is from the 1988 batch. The possibilities are high that the government might take the IPS from the same batch. Arora is an IPS from Tamil Nadu cadre and was earlier posted as DG of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

After his appointment as CP, the post of DG ITBP is being looked after by SL Thaosen, who is also a 1988 batch IPS from Madhya Pradesh Cadre. The government may also release an order of appointments of both vacant posts of DGs of ITBP and CRPF, said sources.

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The dispensation might also consider a name from opposition-ruled states as well. The superannuated CRPF DG Kuldiep Singh was from West Bengal cadre which is ruled by the Trinamool Congress. Similarly, the present DG of National Investigative Agency (NIA) is also from Punjab, where the Aam Aadmi Party holds the reins.

Another prevailing conjecture is that the government might take the officer from the CRPF itself. Presently, the senior most in the force is 1988 batch Maharashtra cadre Rashmi Shukla who has taken the charge for now. She is the ADGP (additional director general of police) and will be holding the fort till the order comes from the Home Ministry, said sources.

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