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Lt Gen P S Rajeshwar took over as 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, COSC. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Director General (Perspective Planning) at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence.
Lt Gen PS Rajeshwar
He was commissioned into Regiment of Artillery in December 1980. He is alumnus of Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, National Defence College (NDC), Delhi. He holds Masters in National Security Administration from NDC, Philippines. He has rich operational and staff experience with distinction of serving in operational environments such as Counter Insurgency area in the North East & Counter Terrorist Operations in Jammu and Kashmir, High Altitude Area, apart from United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. During 38 years of his illustrious career, he has commanded Artillery Regiment during Operation Parakram, Infantry Brigade at Line of Control (LoC), Counter Insurgency Force in J&K and Corps in the desert sector.
Integrated Defence Staff
Government had established Integrated Defence Staff, headed by Chief of Integrated Staff as Chairman (who enjoys status equivalent to that of Vice Chief of Service.) to ensure high degree of synergy between Armed forces. It acts as point organisation for integration of policy, doctrine, war fighting and procurement by employing best management practices. It was created on 1 October 2001 based on recommendations of Group of Ministers which was set up in 2000 (post-Kargil) to review India’s defence management. It has representation from all three services, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Department of Defence (DoD) and Def (Finance).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior IPS officer S S Deswal as Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). He will succeed R K Pachnanda, who superannuated from office and shall be in office for period up to his superannuation on August 31, 2021. Deswal is 1984 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre. Prior to this appointment, he was Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
ITBP (भारत-तिब्बत सीमा पुलिस बल) is one of five Central Armed Police Forces of India. It was raised on 24 October 1962, under CRPF Act, in wake of 1962 Sino-Indian War. It was provided full autonomy after Parliament enacted Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force Act, 1992. It works under command of Union Home Ministry. It is headquartered in New Delhi.
Its motto is Shaurya – Dridhata – Karm Nishtha (English: Valour – Steadfastness and Commitment). At present, ITBP is strong Central Armed Police Force of 90000 personnel. It primarily guards the 3,488 km long Indo-China border along Tibet Autonomous Region from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.
It is specialized mountain force and mans border outposts on altitudes ranging from 9000’ to 18700’ in Western, Middle and Eastern sectors of Indo-China Border. It is also engaged in variety of internal security tasks including anti-naxal operations, disaster management, civil Medical Camp, nuclear, biological and chemical disasters and UN peacekeeping missions around the world.