New Delhi: R K Pachnanda, IPS takes charge as the new Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in New Delhi on Friday. Krishna Chaudhary, DG who retired on superannuation, handed over the customary baton to Pachnanda in a function held at the Force HQ at CGO Complex. Pachnanda is the 29th Chief of the ITBP.
Pachnanda is a 1983 batch Indian Police Service officer of the West Bengal cadre. Prior to the appointment as DG ITBP, Pachnanda has served in various capacities as Commissioner of Police, Kolkata and DG NDRF. He has been decorated with Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1999 and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2007.
Known for the mountaineering skills, ITBP, the 90000 personnel strong Central Armed Police Force primarily guards the 3,488 KM Indo-China border at Border Out Posts (BOPs) located at freezing heights up to 18,700 ft in the upper Himalayas.
ITBPF was raised on 24 October 1962. Presently, ITBP is deployed on border guarding duties from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh covering 3488 km of Indo-China Border and manning Border Outposts on altitudes ranging from 9000’ to 18700’ in the Western, Middle and Eastern sectors of the Indo-China Border.
ITBPF is a specialized mountain force and most of the officers and men are professionally trained mountaineers and skiers. Being the first responder for natural disaster, ITBPF has been carrying out numerous rescue and relief operations across the country.