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R C Tayal appointed as new Director General of National Security Guard

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 The 1980 batch senior IPS officer, Ramesh Chand Tayal has been appointed as the new chief of the National Security Guard. This post was held previously by J N Choudhary who retired on May 31.

R C Tayal is at present serving as the Special Director General in paramilitary CRPF and is heading its formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

What is NSG?

The National Security Guard is an Indian security force to combat terrorist activities with a view to protect States against internal disturbances. The force is a unique combination of personnel on deputation from Indian Army and Central Armed Police Forces, hence it is referred as NSG itself or Black Cats or Commandos

What do they do?

  • The primary role of NSG is to combat terrorism in whatever form it may assume in areas where activity of terrorists assumes serious proportions, and the State Police and other Central Police Forces cannot cope up with the situation.
  • The NSG is a Force specially equipped and trained to deal with specific situations and is therefore, to be used only in exceptional situations.
  • The Force is not designed to undertake the functions of the State Police Forces or other Para Military Forces of the Union of India.

Other facts about NSG

  • NSG was set up in 1984 as a Federal Contingency Deployment Force.
  • The NSG is under the authority Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • The personnel of NSG are known as Black Cats because of the black dress and black cat signage worn on its uniform.