Archana Ramasundaram is the first woman police officer to have been appointed as the chief of a paramilitary force. This is the first time in India, that government appointed a woman IPS officer as a chief of a paramilitary force. The government appointed her on 1st February 2016, Monday. She was appointed as the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Chief.
Archana Ramasundaram, 1980 batch officer is current head of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). According to an order issued by the Department of Personal and Training (Do&PT), She is appointed to the post till the date of her superannuation on 30 September, 2017.
The 58 year old and Senior IPS Officer Archana Ramasundaram will take over as Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). The SSB is entrusted with guarding the country’s frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan.
The Tamil Nadu cadre officer Ramasundaram was in news in 2014 over her appointment as additional director in the CBI. Her appointment was also challenged in the Supreme Court after which she was moved to the NCRB as its chief.
SSB, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are five paramilitary forces and none has ever had a woman chief.
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