Published On: Thu, Feb 25th, 2016

Coast guard gets first its ‘own’ Chief as Rajendra Singh

New Delhi: The Coast Guard will have a chief who is one of its own.

Rajendra Singh, an officer from the Coast Guard cadre, has been appointed to head the force on its own..

Rajendra Singh, an officer from the Coast Guard cadre, has been appointed to head the force on its own.

Breaking away from tradition, Rajendra Singh has been appointed as Director General (DG) of the Indian Coast Guard – the first officer from the maritime security agency to be elevated to the top post.

Usually, a Naval officer heads the agency.

The Appointments Committee has approved Singh’s promotion. He is currently Additional DG of the Coast Guard.

He will replace Vice Admiral H C S Bisht, who has been appointed as the Eastern Navy Command chief.

Singh is currently additional director general of the Coast Guard, will take over on February 29.

“There were two previous DGs, P Paleri and Rameshwar Singh, who were commissioned into the Navy but were later absorbed in the Coast Guard. But Rajendra Singh is the first regular Coast Guard officer, who was commissioned as an assistant commandant in 1980, to become its chief,” said an official.

TST

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