Rajendra Singh appointed as DG of Coast Guard
The Union Government has appointed Rajendra Singh as the Director General (DG) of Indian Coast Guard (ICG), country’s coastal protection force.
With this appointment, Rajendra Singh becomes first DG of ICG from its own internal cadre since it was set up in 1978. So far this top post was only held by officers who were commissioned in the Indian Navy.
He will replace Vice Admiral HCS Bisht who has been promoted as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command.
About Rajendra Singh
- Mr. Singh is 1980 batch officer of ICG cadre.
- Prior to this appointment he was serving as Additional Director General (ADG).
- He was the first officer from the Coast Guard cadre elevated to three-star officer by the Union Defence Ministry during his appointment to as ADG in 2013.
- He has commanded each class of Coast Guard Ship in service, which includes the Interceptor Boat, Fast Patrol Vessel, Inshore Patrol Vessel, Offshore Patrol Vessel and Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel.
- He has served in various capacities both ashore and afloat and has an impeccable track record in the field of Operations, Administration, HR and Policy and Plans.
- Awards: He was awarded the Tatrakshak Medal (TM) by the President in 2002.
About Indian Coast Guard
- Indian Coast Guard is India’s statutory multi-mission paramilitary organization that protects country’s maritime interests and enforces maritime law.
- It was established on 18 August, 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 and operates under the aegis of Union Ministry of Defence.
- It has jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
- It is country’s fourth armed force after the India Army, Navy and Air Force.