Dr. RK Vishwakarma gets crowned U.P. DGP

TLT Bureau

Lucknow: Dr. Rajkumar Vishwakarma will be the new Director General of Police of the state. He is being made the acting Director General of Police. Director General of Police Intelligence Dr. Devendra Singh Chauhan, who was holding the additional charge of DGP for the last 11 months, retired on 31 March. He was an IPS officer of 1988 batch. He gave his services in many districts of the state. Devendra Singh Chauhan has been counted among the most dynamic officers of the state.

With his retirement, the search for the new police chief of the state has intensified. Four officers of the 1988 batch were being told in the race for the post of DGP. Among these, Vijay Kumar’s retirement is in January 2024. At the same time, there is a name of Anand Kumar in the race for DG, he will retire in April 2024. Anil Kumar Agarwal of the same batch, who is currently on central deputation, is going to retire in April and Dr. Rajkumar Vishwakarma in May 2023. It is believed that the police will hand over the command of the police department to such an officer, whose tenure is almost a year.

A year ago, when Mukul Goyal was removed from the post of Director General of Police, RK Vishwakarma along with Devendra Singh Chauhan was in the running for the post of DGP, but the bet slipped out of his hands. Despite his short tenure, the government made him the DGP on the basis of seniority.

Consensus on the name of RK Vishwakarma

The major reason behind the selection of RK Vishwakarma for the post of Director General of Police is his working style and honest image. He is working on the post of DG Intelligence since 15 February 2020. He is currently the chairman of the Police Recruitment Board. RK Vishwakarma is a resident of Jaunpur. He is a strong votary for tech in police functioning and a post graduate in Computer Science. It is being told that the state government has already sent the name of Dr. Rajkumar Vishwakarma in the proposal sent to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It is believed that in the next few days, different units attached to the state police department Majors can be changed.

Until 24 hours back, Prashant Kumar was being given the charge of acting DGP. Prashant Kumar is currently working on the post of ADG Law and Order. His name was included in the favourite officers of CM Yogi Adityanath. Names of Anand Kumar and Vijay Kumar were also being said to be at the forefront of the race for the post of DGP.

UPSC gives the final stamp on the names for the post of DGP.

Two other posts are also getting vacant

Apart from UP DGP, the posts of DG Intelligence and DG Vigilance are also falling vacant after the retirement of Dr. DS Chauhan. New officers will also be posted on these posts. Dr. DS Chauhan held the post of DG Intelligence. Apart from this, he was in additional charge of DGP Vigilance. There is also talk of giving him the role of advisor of the Home Department or any other important responsibility after retirement. Dr. Chauhan has become the officer who has been acting DGP for the maximum period of 11 months. He has been counted among the trusted police officers in the Yogi Adityanath government.

MK Bashal will get promotion

After the retirement of Dr. DS Chauhan, ADG MK Bashal will get promotion to the post of DG. The government may send a proposal to UPSC for appointment to the post of permanent DG next month. If we look at the seniority list of IPS, 1987 batch IPS Mukul Goyal is the senior most. He is followed by 1988 batch IPS Anand Kumar and Vijay Kumar. The names of 1989 batch IPS Ashish Gupta and 1990 batch Renuka Mishra, BK Maurya and SN Sabat are also at the forefront of the seniority list.

Chauhan’s Next Big Leap

Meanwhile there is hot discussion round the plan to make Acting DGP Dr. DS Chauhan as State Security Advisor like National Security Advisor in the Central Government. Although, there is no such post in UP as of now, but due to DS Chauhan being very close to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, it is being said that DS Chauhan will be adjusted by creating the post of State Security Advisor. If Chauhan becomes the state security advisor, he will get the facilities of ministerial status. The State Security Advisor will give all kinds of intelligence information to the CM along with the internal and external threats of the state. Along with issues related to the challenges of state borders, activities of terrorist organizations, mafia system and law and order, will work to coordinate with the investigation agencies of other states. He will also keep an eye on the security of sensitive places and people of the state.

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