Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram has been appointed Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the first woman to head a paramilitary force.
Ramasundaram is currently the director of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and has been appointed to the SSB post till the date of her superannuation, that is next year on September 30, 2017.
The order for above has already been issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Ramasundaram, 58, would now head SSB, who are entrusted with guarding India’s frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan.
Besides SSB, there are four other paramilitary forces namely Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) and Indo Tibetan Border Police(ITBP).
Surprisingly, none of the five parliamentary forces ever had any woman chief before.
Ramasundaram is a 1980 batch officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre and was in the news in 2014, when she was appointed as the additional director in the CBI.
Her appointment, though at that time was also challenged in the Supreme Court and she was thus moved to NCRB as its chief.
Besides Ramasundaram, CRPF and BSF also got appointed their new Director Generals, in form of IPS officers, K Durga Prasad and K K Sharma, respectively.
All three of them will take over after the incumbent chiefs of these forces retire at the end of this month.
IPS K Durga Prasad, who will take over CRPF is an officer from Andhra Pradesh cadre, and had graduated back in 1981.
He too had made news back in 2014, when he was unceremoniously removed as chief of the Special Protection Group (SPG), which provides security to the Indian Prime Minister, Former Prime Ministers and their family members.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at that time was in Nepal to attend the SAARC summit.
After his removal from SPG, he was appointed as the special director general of the CRPF in January 2015.
CRPF, is entrusted with multiple duties in the internal security domain, They also look after anti-naxal operations that take place in India.