R K Bhatia on Wednesday retired as director general of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Ranjit Sinha will take over on Thursday as the new chief of the para-military force.
The order for appointment of Sinha, a 1974 batch IPS officer from Bihar cadre, was issued on Wednesday by the ministry of home affairs.
The order said he would hold the post of ITBP chief till March 31, 2013 or till any other further order.
The name of Sinha was cleared by the appointments' committee of cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, for leading 45,000-strong force on Tuesday.
Sinha was awaiting appointment after he was shifted as chief of the railway protection force.
Recipient of Indian police medal and President's police medal, 58-year-old Sinha has served in important posts during his tenure which includes 11 years in CBI.
He also served as inspector general (operations) of CRPF in Kashmir besides serving the ITBP as additional director general.
ITBP was formed on October 24, 1962 and is deployed on border guarding duties from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh covering 3488 km of India-China border.
The para-military force also mans border outposts on altitudes ranging from 9000 to 18,500-ft in western, middle and eastern sectors of the Sino-India border.