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IPS officer Nina Singh becomes first woman CISF Chief

IndiaIPS officer Nina Singh becomes first woman CISF Chief

Nina, an experienced IPS officer from the 1989 batch of the Rajasthan cadre, takes on the role as the first woman to lead the 1.76 lakh-strong force, overseeing crucial establishments across the nation.

In a groundbreaking development, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has marked a new era with the appointment of Nina Singh as its Director General (DG).

“Nina Singh, IPS (RJ: 89) assumed the charge of DG #CISF engraving a historic milestone as the first woman to helm this esteemed position. Her visionary leadership will usher this multi-skilled and multi-dimensional force to greater heights,” CISF wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Who is Nina Singh?

Nina, an experienced IPS officer from the 1989 batch of the Rajasthan cadre, takes on the role as the first woman to lead the 1.76 lakh-strong force, overseeing crucial establishments across the nation.

Having previously served as the Special DG, Nina Singh assumed the position of DG CISF on September 1, 2023, succeeding Sheel Vardhan Singh following his retirement on August 31, 2023.

The accomplished leader, having with a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University in the United States, brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Notably, Nina Singh’s leadership will encompass critical sectors such as civil airports, industrial installations, aerospace and nuclear facilities, metro rails, dams, and government buildings.

Nina, married to her batchmate Rohit Kumar Singh (IAS: 1989: RJ), who currently serves as the Union Secretary for Consumer Affairs, has been honoured for her professional excellence with the Ati Utkrisht Seva Medal in 2020.

Breaking barriers, Nina previously made history as the first woman to hold the top police post among six DG-rank officers in the Rajasthan state police force. Her distinguished six-year tenure at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) included overseeing high-profile cases such as the Sheena Bora murder and Jiah Khan suicide.

In addition to her pivotal role in law enforcement, Nina has been a leading figure in championing civil rights and combating human trafficking. Her academic endeavors extend to collaborating on research papers alongside Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo. Moreover, she played an active role in a Massachusetts Institute of Technology project from 2005 to 2006, dedicated to improving the accessibility of police stations.

-By Aditya Ahuja

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