Senior IPS officer R.K. Pachnanda of Bengal cadre 1983 took over the charge as the DG (Director General) of ITBP ( Indo-Tibetan Border Police) on Friday. He replaced DG Krishna Chaudhary.
The IPS officer will now hold the command of a force which comprises of 90,000 trained paramilitary soldiers.
He still holds his previous charge of DG of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force)(NDRF), as no one yet has been appointed to the post. R.K. Pachnanda has served various capacities in his cadre state of West Bengal.
He took over the post amid rising tensions between Indian and Chinese troops near Sino-India border. The ITBP force which raised after 1962 Chinese aggression, works under Union Ministry.
ITBP is a paramilitary force known for its distinction of serving for all the forces including CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), BSF (Border Security Force), SPG (Special Protection Group), CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and NDRF.
ITBP is deployed along the 3,488-km border which ranges from freezing altitudes of 18000 feats. Apart from guarding the border, ITBP is also known for its anti-Naxal operations in Chattisgarh.