SHILLONG, Jul 31: The Meghalaya government on Tuesday appointed Raghvendra Awasthi to “temporarily” hold the office Meghalaya Director General of Police (DGP).
“Pending approval of the Union Public Service Commission and in the interest of public service RA Awasthi, IPS, Director General , Civil Defence & Home Guards, Meghalaya, Shillong has been temporarily allowed to look after the office of DGP in the state in addition to his own current duties. This comes into effect from the date of retirement of SB Singh, IPS, DGP (Head of Police Force) on July 31, 2018,” a notification by S Kharlyngdoh, Commissioner and Secretary Home (Police) stated.
Awasthi a 1985 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre is currently, the Director General (Civil Defence & Home Guards), Meghalaya.
He is replacing Swaraj Bir Singh, who hang up his boots on Tuesday after the ruling National People’s Party-led government gave him a three months extension from May.
It may be mentioned that as per the July 3 Supreme Court order, the state government had sent names of senior police officers for consideration by UPSC but the commission has a few queries, including the need to send the annual confidential reports of the candidates.
The Supreme Court had also banned appointment of any acting DGP in the state.
There were reports on Monday evening that Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Assam Police Housing Corporation Ltd, Rajeev Mohan Singh, a 1984-batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre is likely to be appointed as the next Director-General of Police Meghalaya.
Interestingly, the BJP-led government in Assam selected Kuladhar Saikia in place of Rajeev being the senior-most IPS officer in Assam Police as the DGP after retirement of Mukesh Sahay.