Retired DG of BSF Pankaj Kumar Singh appointed Deputy National Security Adviser
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Retired director general of the Border Security Force (BSF) Pankaj Kumar Singh was appointed on 17 January as the Deputy National Security Adviser in the National Security Council Secretariat for a period of two years.
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Pankaj Kumar Singh, a 1988 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre, has been appointed on re-employment contract. He retired as the BSF chief on December 31, 2022.
He had earlier served as Inspector General of CRPF in Chhattisgarh and IG (Operations) at CRPF Headquarters in Delhi.
He also worked in BSF before becoming BSF DG.
As head of the Eastern Frontier, he played a key role in reducing cattle smuggling through the borders of West Bengal and Assam.
There has been an 87% decline in cattle smuggling along the Indo-Bangladesh border between 2015 and 2021.
He was also instrumental in demonstrating motorcycle riding acrobatics to women soldiers of the BSF at the Republic Day parade.
His father Prakash Singh, a retired 1959 batch IPS officer, also headed the BSF from June 1993 to January 1994.
Pankaj Singh is considered the architect of police reforms in the country.
National Security Adviser - Ajit Doval
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