New Delhi: The state government of Himachal Pradesh has appointed Sanjay Kundu (IPS) as Director General of Police (DGP) of the state with effect from June 1. Kundu is a 1989-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. Prior to this assignment, he was serving as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur. In addition to this, he is also holding the additional charge of principal secretary (Excise, Taxation and Vigilance) and principal resident commissioner of HP at New Delhi. With assumption the charge of the post, he has succeeded Sita Ram Mardi who has superannuated on May 31.
Education & background
Kundu is a National Defense College and Harvard University graduate, from where he completed a programme on ‘international security and strategy.’ He also did his post-graduation in public policy from the University of Minnesota.
Kundu had worked in different leadership roles with the state and central government as well as the United Nations. As a police commissioner within the UN system, Kundu carried out works pertaining to national capacity building, conflict mitigation, human rights, protection of civilians and humanitarian support.
In the state, he had served as Additional Director General of Police (ADGP, law and order), Inspector General of Police (IGP, law and order), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Bhiwani, Bilaspur, Mandi, Chamba and Kangra. Kundu also served in the BSF as Inspector General (operations, air wing, administration, training and intelligence) and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and Sector Commander in Bikaner, North Tripura and Srinagar (J&K).
At centre he had served as a Joint Secretary in the Union Water Resources Ministry, where he was responsible for policy making, planning, river development and conflict management. He has held the additional charge of Chairman of Brahmaputra Board, Chairman & Managing Director of NPCC Limited (a Miniratna power PSU), Director General of National Water Development Agency (inter-linking of rivers) and Mission Director of National Water Mission (water and climate change).
Among his key achievements are settling the age-old Cauvery Dispute and the ‘Sardar Sarovar Dam Issue.
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