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.