UN-service experienced officer takes over as India’s border guarding force chief

Photo: Indian Police Service officer Pankaj Kumar Singh, who took over as Border Security Force Director General, at work in his office in New Delhi.

New Delhi: Pankaj Kumar Singh, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer with qualifications in law and management, today took over as the 29th director general of the world’s largest border-guarding force.

Pankaj Singh, a 1988 batch IPS officer from the Rajasthan cadre, has a degree in law and a post-graduate diploma in business administration from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Border Security Force has over 265,000 men and women, protecting the International Borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The officer has served in various capacities in his parent cadre including Inspector General (Law and order), IG (Personnel), IG Jaipur Range, Additional Director General Crime Branch and ADG Traffic.

He has also served in the United Nations International Police Task Force in Bosnia. He had served in the Central Bureau of Investigation in the ranks of Superintendent of Police and Deputy Inspector General.

He had a successful stint in Central Reserve Police Force in the rank of Inspector General (Ops) West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and New Delhi. In BSF, he has served as ADG BSF Eastern Command and Special DG (Human Rights). 

Pankaj Kumar Singh has been decorated with UN Peace Medal (Bar), President Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Service. He has also been awarded with several DG’s Discs and commendations.

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