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Rajendra Singh – The First Non-Navy Director General of Coast guard

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The government has appointed Rajendra Singh as the Director General of Coast guard.He is the first person to be appointed not from a Navy background.

Points to note

  • The DG of coast guard was so far given to three star naval officers and this is the first time a person from Coast guard is directly appointRajendra Singh
  • Singh joined the coast guard in 1980
  • He is currently the Additional Director general of Coast guard
  • He will succeed Vice Admiral HCS.Bisht who is promoted as the Flag officer-Commanding in chief of Eastern Naval Command
  • Rajendra singh was conferred with Tatrakshak medal by the president in August 15,1990
  • For his distinguished service he was also awarded the President’s Tatrakshak Medal in August 15,2002
  • Singh has commanded each class of Coast Guard Ship in service, which includes the Interceptor Boat, Inshore Patrol Vessel, Fast Patrol Vessel, Offshore Patrol Vessel and Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel
  • During 1980’s, he has actively apprehended the smuggling offenders

Facts to be known

  • Besides Singh two other persons namely Rameshwar Singh and Prabhakaran Paleri were appointed from Coast guard but they were Indian Navy officers in permanent secondment to coast guard
  • The Indian Coast Guard was created under the Coast Guard Act by parliament in 1978.
  • An interim Coast Guard was formed  in 1977