RK Pachnanda, Indian Police Service officer of the 1983 batch, West Bengal cadre has been appointed as the new Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP). The Officer is currently serving as Director General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), India’s specialised force for responding to natural disasters and CBRN emergencies. He will be taking over from Krishna Chaudhary, who is set to retire in June this year.
As mentioned on the official website, has previously served as Additional Director General (Operations & Works), CRPF, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, Director General of Police (SCRB), West Bengal, Additional Director General (HQ), CISF, New Delhi, Additional Director General (Airport Sector), CISF, Inspector General (HQ)& IG (Training)BSF, IG (South Bengal Frontier), BSF, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), BSF, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South Division, Kolkata.
Here are some of the awards given to Panchanda
President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service on the occasion of Republic Day 2007.
Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the occasion of Republic Day, 1999.
Director General’s Commendation Roll 2004
Director General’s Commendation Roll 2005
Director General’s Commendation Roll 2006
Director General’s Commendation Disc 2014 (Thrice)
In another key apppointment, Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, a 1983 Batch of the IPS belonging to the Uttar Pradesh cadre has been appointed the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The crucial appointment comes two days after the CRPF lost 25 jawans in the deadly Sukma attack. He will replace acting DG Sudeep Lakhtakia. The paramilitary force has been without a chief for nearly a couple of months following the retirement of K. Durga Prasad on February 28, 2017. The Central Reserve Police Force had come into existence as the Crown Representative’s Police on 27th July 1939.