Prakash Mishra takes charge as CRPF DG

New Delhi: The former director general of police (DGP) of Odisha, Prakash Mishra, today assumed charge as Director General of CRPF at its headquarters here.

Mishra, who was currently serving as Special Secretary in the Union Home Ministry, was given guard of honor by the paramilitary forces after he reached the headquarters and took over the charge of country’s largest paramilitary force formally.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had named the 1977-batch IPS officer from Odisha cadre for the most coveted post.

The name of Mishra, who heads the Internal Security division in the ministry and the National Disaster Response Force, was cleared by a high-powered committee headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh a week ago, sources said.

The post of CRPF Director General has been lying vacant since Dilip Trivedi retired on November 30.

CRPF is the mainstay for anti-Naxal opeations in the country and Mishra has himself spearheaded the battle when he was the DGP of Odisha.

The about 3-lakh personnel force is facing a number of challenges, especially in the Left Wing Extremism theatre, and as many three committees have been formed by the government in the recent past to fine-tune the operational efficacy and modernisation of the paramilitary.