Sashastra Seema Bal Current Affairs - 2019

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IPS officer V. K. Johri appointed as New BSF Director General

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed IPS officer VK Johri as new Director General (DG) of, Border Security Force (BSF), country’s largest border guarding force.

About VK Johri

He is a 1984-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.

Currently he is serving as Special Secretary in external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), under Cabinet Secretariat.

He will take over charge of BSF from incumbent Rajni Kanti Mishra, who retires on 31 August. However, as per the order issued by ACC he has been appointed as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Union home ministry with immediate effect and will attain superannuation in September 2020.

About Border Security Force (BSF)

It is one of 7 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) of India. It was raised in wake of 1965 War on 1 December 1965.

It is country’s largest border guarding force with a present strength of about 2.5 lakh personnel. Being a primary border defence organisation of India, it is tasked to secure two of India’s most important and sensitive fronts with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Two other border guarding forces in country are-

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for China

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) for Nepal and Bhutan)

Kumar Rajesh Chandra appointed Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal

The appointment of Kumar Rajesh Chandra as the Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has been approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. As per the notification, he would continue in the post up to 31.12.2021 i.e. date of his retirement on superannuation or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Kumar Rajesh Chandra is a 1985 batch IPS officer of the Bihar cadre.

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister decides on the appointments to several top posts under the Government of India. The committee also has Union Home Minister as the member.

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

After the Chinese incursion of 1962, it was felt that the borders of the country could not be protected with the force of rifles alone. The government realised the importance of the backing and resolute will of a committed border population together with an in-depth understanding and familiarity of the terrain as well as the culture and ethos of the border population was required to defend the borders effectively.

Hence a unique, unconventional yet specialized organization, which would function in the far, flung, vulnerable, strategic, remote, climatically and topographically difficult border areas and motivate the border population across several states towards the cause of protecting our national sovereignty was conceived as Special Service Bureau in 1962. It was eventually created in March 1963. This Special Service Bureau was renamed the Sashastra Seema Bal in January 2001.