Senior IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar has been appointed as the new Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today. According to reports, the formal announcement of his appointment would be made later tonight. Bhatnagar currently holds the post of the Director General of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). It was reported that he had earlier served as the Additional Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). 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. Sudeep Lakhtakia, the IPS officer of the batch of 1984 Telangana, is currently reported to be serving as the acting director of the CRPF.
Some reports suggest that Bhatnagar’s name had been put into contention for the post based on his seniority. The central government has been on the receiving end of some severe criticism for keeping the seat of the Central Reserve Police Force vacant for nearly 2 months. The Home Ministry had earlier recommended another IPS officer from the batch of 1983, R K Pachananda but the PMO had turned it down.
According to the information available on the CRPF’s official website, the Central Reserve Police Force had come into existence as the Crown Representative’s Police on 27th July 1939. It became the Central Reserve Police Force on enactment of the CRPF Act on 28th December 1949. It has completed 77 years of glorious history. The CRPF has since grown manifold and has turned into a big organisation with 240 Bns.