Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that former CRPF DG and retired IPS officer Prakash Mishra (1977 batch) has been re-appointed as Director General of Civil Defence & Fire Services on a contract basis. The Appointment Committee of Cabinet on Friday cancelled the appointment of P C Thakur (IPS:1979:GJ) as DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards (FS, CD & HG). It may be recalled that Thakur was abruptly appointed as DG, Civil Defence on 15th April 2016 – a post he declined to accept and proceeded on a leave in protest.
Earlier, it was speculated that if R K Pachnanda (IPS:1983:WB) is made NDRF chief, it may trigger NDRF’s merger with Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards. But the NDRF post has been upgraded from ADG to DG rank post to accommodate Panchnanda as DG in HAG+ post.
Union Home Ministry, in the first week of June 2016, held a detailed meeting with DGs of many CPOs to explore the possibilities and modalities to ensure the merger. Earlier, Dr P K Mishra Committee (constituted in 2011), too, had recommended in its report in 2013 that NDRF and Civil Defence should be merged.
But the latest development on the front has made the NaMo administration’s intent clear that the saga of merger of two Central Police Organisations (CPOs) into one CPO (as they existed till 2009) may not continue.
WEB-LINK: (News dated 07 June 2016)
Two CPOs may be merged