Sudeep Lakhtakia Current Affairs - 2019

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IPS V.S. Kaumudi appointed as Director General of BPR&D

The Centre government has appointed senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer V.S. Kaumudi as Director General of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) by lowering the post to the rank of Additional Director General.

Key Highlights

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet comprising of Prime Minister of India (who is the Chairman) and Minister of Home Affairs, approved the proposal made by Union Ministry of Home Affairs for appointing V.S. Kaumudi as Director General (ADG level) BPR&D by temporarily downgrading the DG post to level of Additional Director General (Level-15 of Pay Matrix)
  • He will be succeeding IPS officer Sudeep Lakhtakia, a 1984 batch IPS officer.
  • Term: His appointment as DG of BPR&D will be for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

About IPS V.S. Kaumudi

  • He is a 1986 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.
  • At present she is serving as Additional Director General (ADG) in Central Reserve.

About Bureau of Police Research and Development

  • BPRD was established in 1970 under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
  • It is a federal law enforcement agency with headquarters in New Delhi.
  • It is a national police organisation to study, research and develop (R&D) on subjects and issues related to policing for the purpose of modernisation of police forces.
  • In 2017, Union government merged Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) with National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for improving administrative efficiency and optimally utilising resources related to policing. This new merged entity is headed by Director General (DG) of BPRD, and NCRB Director, an Additional DG rank post will report to the former.

Sudeep Lakhtakia took charge as new Director General of NSG

Senior IPS officer Sudeep Lakhtakia took charge as the new Director General of National Security Guard (NSG). He succeeds S P Singh who retired from the post and will hold post till July 2019.

Sudeep Lakhtakia is 1984-batch IPS officer of the Telangana cadre. Prior to this post, he was serving as a Special Director General in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters in New Delhi.

National Security Guard (NSG)

NSG is a Federal Contingency Deployment Force under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It was raised in 1984, with a view to protect states against internal disturbances and terrorism. It is not categorised under uniform nomenclature of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

It has special forces mandate and its core operational capability is provided by Special Action Group (SAG) drawn from Indian Army. NSG personnel are often referred as Black Cats because of black dress and black cat insignia worn on their uniform.

The NSG is trained to conduct counter terrorist task to including counter hijacking tasks on land, sea, and air, Bomb disposal and Post Blast Investigation (PBI) and Hostage Rescue missions. It is intended for use only in exceptional situations and not meant to take over functions of State Police Forces or other Para Military Forces.