NEW DG CISF: Singh Becomes Pioneer, First Woman to Lead Central Industrial Security Force
By Hani Jain
New Delhi, December 30: In a historic move, the government of India has appointed Nina Singh, an IPS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, as the new Director General (DG) of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
She will be the first woman to lead the paramilitary force, which is responsible for securing vital installations across the country including Airports.
Pioneer in Command from December 31, 2023
Singh, a 1989-batch officer, took charge of the CISF on December 31, 2023, for a period of two years or until further orders. According to an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday. She will succeed Rajesh Ranjan, who is retiring on December 31, 2023.
A Storied Career of Distinction
Nina Singh, who joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) as a Manipur cadre officer, after her marriage moved to the Rajasthan cadre. With over three decades of exemplary service, Nina Singh has adorned critical roles within state and central governments.
Her illustrious journey spans leadership positions such as Additional Director General (ADG) of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Inspector General (IG) of the Border Security Force (BSF), and IG of the Rajasthan Police.
Honours and Accolades
Singh’s commitment and competence have been recognized with prestigious awards including the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service and the Police Medal for meritorious service. Her contributions encompass law enforcement, anti-narcotics initiatives, border management, and the empowerment of women.
A Landmark Moment for Women in Security Forces
Amidst her vast accomplishments, Singh’s elevation as the CISF chief is a watershed moment for women in the security domain. Notably, she marks the first woman to helm any of India’s central armed police forces (CAPFs). The CISF, established in 1969, comprises over 1.6 lakh personnel, including approximately 10,000 women.
Safeguarding Vital Installations
The CISF undertakes the security mantle for critical public sector undertakings, government edifices, airports, seaports, nuclear facilities, metro rail networks, space centres, and heritage landmarks. It houses a specialized Aviation Security Group (ASG), entrusted with safeguarding 63 civil airports across the nation.
Steering Through Challenges
Amid evolving threats such as cyber vulnerabilities and terrorism, Singh’s appointment arrives at a critical juncture for the CISF. Her wealth of experience is anticipated to bolster the force’s operational prowess, infusing heightened efficiency and professionalism.
This appointment not only marks a significant milestone for women in security but also heralds a promising era of leadership and fortitude within India’s paramilitary forces.