New Delhi, Aug 31, 2019-
Senior IPS officer V.K. Johri is the new Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF). He took charge at BSF headquarters in Delhi on Saturday from the outgoing Director General Rajni Kant Misra.
Johri, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, served as the Special Secretary in the external intelligence agency Reserach & Analysis Wing (RAW), under the Cabinet Secretariat.
Johri will head 2.5 lakh personnel, country’s largest border guarding force and is tasked to secure two of India’s most important and sensitive borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
However, in a first in 53 years, the farewell salute parade was not accorded to the outgoing BSF chief this time.
On being asked, Misra said: “The current border situation along Pakistan and Bangladesh, and in Kashmir, is not favourable. In such a situation, the deployment of personnel along borders is more important than a farewell salute parade.”
The new chief, Johri will attain superannuation in September, 2020.
Besides BSF, the two other border guarding forces are ITBP (China) and SSB (Nepal and Bhutan). (Agency)