ITBP officer to head medical wing of paramilitary forces
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Last Updated: Friday, January 14, 2011, 21:21
New Delhi: The government on Friday appointed an Additional Director General (ADG) rank officer to head the medical wing of all central paramilitary forces and police organisations.

The Home Ministry has appointed Dr T Raviprasad, an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer, to head the medical units and wings of forces like CRPF, CISF, SSB, BSF, NSG and other central police organisations.

Raviprasad, who had stints in various central police forces as Director and Inspector General of Police (Medical) is only the second cadre officer from a paramilitary force to be elevated to this position.

He is an ENT (Eye, Nose and Throat) specialist and hails from Andhra Pradesh.

The first ADG rank for a cadre officer was created in BSF last year. Usually the top ranks of ADG and Director General are only occupied by Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

The medical wing for these forces is an essential unit as the personnel contract life threatening diseases and have to suffer physical ailments due to hard duties ranging from icy heights along the China border to the scorching desert border along Pakistan.

Raviprasad's appointment comes at a time when the Home Ministry is bringing up a maiden referral hospital for more than eight-lakh jawans and officers of paramilitary forces at Greater Noida near the national capital.

Raviprasad will look after the operations of a chain of about 100 composite and force hospitals under the command of various central police organisations.


First Published: Friday, January 14, 2011, 21:21

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