OP Singh likely to take over as UP top cop today
Lucknow: OP Singh, a 1983-batch IPS officer, is likely to assume office as the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police tomorrow, sources said on Monday.
Singh was relieved as the CISF chief on Sunday.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had cleared a home ministry proposal for "premature repatriation" of 59-year-old Singh to the state.
The post of the UP DGP has been lying vacant for over a fortnight after Sulkhan Singh retired on December 31.
Singh, a gallantry medal winner, had been heading the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) since September, 2016 and was given the credit for ushering in some major changes in the work profile and operations of the force, especially in the aviation sector.
Under his initiative last year, the force did away with the traditional system of putting tags on air passengers hand baggage, a move seen as a major game changer in the airport security domain.
He also initiated simpler flying procedures for specially-abled passengers after talking to representative groups of such passengers.
CISF provides security cover to nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive Government sensitive government buildings and heritage monuments. Singh, before heading the CISF, has served as the chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).