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Balram Bhargava appointed DG of ICMR

The Union Government has appointed AIIMS professor Balram Bhargava as Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of the Department of Health Research. He will have tenure of three years or until attainment of age of 60 years. Bharagava, at present Professor and Senior Consultant Cardiologist at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

ICMR is India’s apex scientific body for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research. It was established in 1911 as Indian Research Fund Association (IRFA) making it one of oldest and largest medical research bodies in the world.

The ICMR functions unde Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is headquartered in New Delhi. Its Governing Body is presided over by Health Minister. It is assisted in scientific and technical matters by Scientific Advisory Board comprising eminent experts in different biomedical disciplines.

ICMR’s research priorities coincide with national health priorities such as control and management of communicable diseases, fertility control, maternal and child health, control of nutritional disorders, research on major non-communicable diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and mental health research and drug research (including traditional remedies) and developing alternative strategies for health care delivery.

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Rajesh Ranjan appointed as DG of CISF

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed senior IPS officer Rajesh Ranjan as Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He will have tenure till November 30, 2020, i.e. the date of his superannuation.

The post was lying DG of CISF was vacant after incumbent OP Singh took over as DG of Uttar Pradesh Police in January 2018.  Ranjan is 1984 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Bihar cadre. Prior to this appointment he was Special Director General of Border Security Force (BSF).

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

The CISF is a central armed police force under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs. It was initially established under CISF Act, 1968 to protect major PSUs. However, it was converted to armed force with a larger ambit under an amendment to the Act in 1983.

CISF is tasked with providing security to various government installations including country’s airports, metros etc. Now, CISF provides security to industrial ventures and establishments, VIPs and engages in disaster management amongst others. It also has Fire Wing to response to fire emergencies/accidents. With force larger than 1,65,000 it is the largest security force in the world.

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