Rajendra Singh first non-navy officer to head Coast Guard
Rajendra Singh first non-navy officer to head Coast
New Delhi :Rajendra Singh, an officer from the Coast Guard cadre, on
Wednesday, 24th February 2016, has been named to head the force, the
first time an officer who is not from the Indian Navy has been elevated to the
The director general's post has so far
only been held by officers who were commissioned in the Indian Navy.
Before this, two officers, Rameshwar
Singh and Prabhakaran Paleri, who were from the Coast Guard stream, were
elevated to the top post. However, they were Indian Navy officers on permanent
secondment to the Coast Guard.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet
has approved Rajendra Singh's appointment, an order from the Department of
Personnel and Training said.
He will replace Vice Admiral H. C. S.
Rajinder Singh is currently additional
director general of the Coast Guard. A 1980 batch officer, he was the first
from the Coast Guard cadre to be elevated to three-star officer when the
defence ministry approved his apppointment to his currnt post in in 2013.