The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior IPS officer SS Deswal as Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
SS Deswal succeeded R K Pachnanda, who superannuated from office and shall be in office for the period up to his superannuation on 31st August 2021.
SS Deswal will also hold the additional charge of the post of DG, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
SS Deswal is 1984 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre. Earlier, to this appointment, he was Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
ITBP is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of India. It was provided full autonomy after Parliament enacted Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force Act, 1992 and works under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Founded: 24 October 1962
Headquarters: New Delhi
Motto: Shaurya–Dridhata–Karm Nishtha
Role: ITBP primarily guards the 3,488 km long Indo-China border along Tibet Autonomous Region from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.
ITBP is specialized mountain force and mans border outposts on altitudes ranging from 9000’ to 18700’ in Western, Middle and Eastern sectors of Indo-China Border. It is also engaged in a variety of internal security tasks including Anti-Naxal operations, disaster management, civil Medical Camp, nuclear, biological and chemical disasters and UN peacekeeping missions around the world.