Prakash Mishra a 1978 IPS officer of Odisha cadre and presently special secretary (internal security) in the Union home ministry has been appointed as the new chief of country’s largest paramilitary and lead anti-Naxal operations force CRPF.
The force, about 3-lakh personnel strong, is the mainstay for anti-Naxal operations and Mr. Mishra has himself spearheaded the battle when he was Odisha police head.
The force is facing a number of challenges, especially in the Left Wing Extremism theatre, and three committees have been formed by the government in recent past to fine-tune the operational efficacy and modernisation of the paramilitary in this domain.
Prakash Mishra, will hold charge of the force until February 29, 2016. The CRPF has been without a full-time chief after Dilip Trivedi retired on November 30. Mishra was earlier in the race for CBI chief, but lost out to Anil Sinha.