IPS officer Rakesh Asthana takes cost as new BSF DG

New Delhi, August 18

IPS officer Rakesh Asthana on Tuesday took cost as the brand new Director General (DG) of the Border Security Force that guards India’s fronts with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

A 1984-batch Indian Police Service officer of Gujarat cadre, Asthana (59) was handed over the baton of the about 2.65 lakh personnel-strong power by ITBP DG S S Deswal within the morning on the BSF headquarters at Lodhi Road, a power spokesperson stated.

Deswal, his batchmate from the Haryana cadre, has been heading the BSF in a further capability since March 11 after the then DG Vivek Johri was transferred to go the Madhya Pradesh Police.

The new DG was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour by a column of troops earlier than he took cost, the spokesperson stated.

Asthana is the 27th chief of the power and is predicted to carry workplace until July subsequent yr, his scheduled date for retirement from service.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Monday issued orders for the appointment of Asthana, who has been serving because the DG of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) until now other than heading the Narcotics Control Bureau in a further capability.

As per the ACC order, Asthana will proceed to carry the NCB cost.

The police officer has served in numerous capacities in Gujarat Police other than serving in numerous ranks of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Asthana, whereas serving because the particular director of the CBI in 2018, had a bitter feud along with his senior and CBI Director Alok Verma as they each levelled allegations of corruption towards one another.

Both the officers had been later faraway from the central probe company by the Union authorities and Asthana was subsequently cleared of the costs.

The new DG, officers stated, met senior officers and was briefed in regards to the operational state of affairs on the two borders quickly after he took cost.

The BSF is primarily tasked with guarding Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh other than rendering a wide range of duties within the inner safety area of the nation. PTI

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