Two central forces – CISF and NSG – were today rendered headless as their chiefs retired and the government named no full-time successors to the posts.
While Central Industrial Security Force Director General (DG), 1980-batch IPS officer Surender Singh, superannuated after over a year at the helm of the force, his batchmate and National Security Guard (NSG) DG R C Tayal too retired after serving at the top post for over a year.
A Home Ministry statement said while Indo-Tibetan Border Police DG Krishna Chaudhary will officiate as the CISF DG in an additional capacity, Border Security Force DG K K Sharma will do the same at NSG, till further orders.
Officials said while the Home Ministry had cleared a panel of at least four names of DGs for consideration of these two posts, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister was still to take a decision on the names.
While the CISF is tasked to secure 59 civilian airports in the country apart from guarding vital infrastructure in the aerospace and nuclear domain, the NSG is the federal counter-terror force mandated to undertake special operations in case of terrorist strikes or hijacking-like incidents.