Senior IPS officer R K Pachnanda took charge as the new Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). He will be the 29th Chief of the ITBP.
With this appointment, Pachnanda became the only IPS officer who has served in all the major central paramilitary forces and agencies – CRPF, CISF, BSF, NDRF, SPG, CBI and now the ITBP.
About R K Pachnanda
Pachnanda is a 1983 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the West Bengal cadre. Prior to the appointment as DG ITBP, he has served in various capacities as Commissioner of Police, Kolkata and DG NDRF. He has been decorated with Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service (1999) and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (2007). He has also authored the book ‘Terrorism and Response to Terrorist Threat’ in 2001.
About Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
The ITBP (भारत-तिब्बत सीमा पुलिस बल) is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of India. It was raised on 24 October 1962, under the CRPF Act, in the wake of the 1962 Sino-Indian War. It was provided full autonomy after Parliament enacted the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force Act, 1992. It works under the command of the Union Home Ministry.
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 Indo-China border along Tibet Autonomous Region. ITBP force is also engaged in a variety of internal security tasks including disaster management, civil Medical Camp, nuclear, biological and chemical disasters and UN peacekeeping missions around the world.