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Kumar Rajesh Chandra takes charge as SSB DG

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Kumar Chandra on Friday took over as the new (DG) of the Sashastra Seema Bal, a paramilitary force that guards Indian borders with and

Chandra, a 1985-batch (IPS) of the cadre, took charge from his batch senior S S Deswal who has been holding the charge of SSB DG in an additional capacity since October 31, after the latter was appointed as the of (ITBP).

The of the Cabinet (ACC), that is headed by Narendra Modi, had issued orders for appointment of Chandra as SSB on January 8.

Chandra has been serving as the DG of the (BCAS) under the till now.

The officer, a PG in economics from the in Delhi, will retire from service on December 31, 2021.

Chandra has earlier served in the (SPG) that guards the PM, former PM's and their families and has also worked extensively in his cadre state of

The SSB, with a strength of about 99,000 personnel, has been tasked to guard the 1,751-km Indo-border since 2001 and the 699-km Indo-border since 2004.

It is also designated as the lead intelligence gathering agency on these two open borders.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 15:30 IST