Pankaj Kumar Singh, a 1988-batch Indian Police Service officer, was on 25th August appointed as Director General of the country’s largest border guarding force BSF.
Singh is a Rajasthan cadre officer and is presently serving as the Special director general (DG) of the force that guards over 6,300 km of the Indian fronts with Pakistan and Bangladesh. He joined the BSF on deputation on February 7, 2020.
Singh has also served the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for eight years and the CRPF for four years. He has also served on several pivotal posts in Rajasthan Police and spent a year in Bosnia for a UN project.
He will take charge on August 31 after the retirement of IPS officer and ITBP DG S S Deswal, who is holding additional charge of the BSF DG after the tenure of Gujarat cadre officer Rakesh Asthana ended in July.
Singh’s father and retired IPS officer Prakash Singh also headed the Border Security Force (BSF) as its DG in the past. The BSF is about 2.65 lakh personnel in strength.
IPS Sanjay Arora from Tamil Nadu Cadre, 1988, who is presently serving as Special Director General, Central Reserve Police Force has been appointed the Director General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet also approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for appointment of Balaji Srivastav, IPS (AGMUT:88) as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) from the date of joining the post and up to March 31, 2024. Earlier last month, IPS Balaji Srivastav had been appointed to hold the additional charge of the new Commissioner of Police, Delhi, following the superannuation of SN Shrivastava, the present Commissioner of Police.
IPS Balaji Srivastav is an IPS officer of the 1988 batch and at present, has been assigned the responsibility of Special Commissioner of Delhi police. Srivastav has been serving as Special Commissioner of Police Vigilance in Delhi Police.