In a major fillip to NSG's operational capabilities, the government has deputed three top army commanders for leading and training the elite black cat commandos in counter-terror and counter-hijack skills.
The top operations commander -- a Major General rank army officer designated as the inspector general (operations)--post was lying vacant for more than six months and the names of the three officials, including two brigadiers, were approved recently by the home ministry in consultation with the defence ministry.
"There were reports in the media recently that there were vacancies in the force... this is a continuous process. You will be happy to know that three fine army officers will take charge shortly in the force," NSG chief RK Medhekar told reporters on the sidelines of a conference at the forces' garrison in Manesar.
"Major Gen Chakrabarty, commanding a Rashtriya Rifles unit in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara will take over as IG (operations), and he is a very decorated officer with great experience.
"The two other officers are Brigadier Bisht who will be Deputy Inspector General (operations) and Brigadier Narula who will take over the very crucial post of Deputy Inspector General (Training) who is responsible for training the commandos," he said.
The NSG chief said all the officers have worked in different situations, including assignments abroad, and they are active serving soldiers in the army.
Inspector General (operations) Major General RS Pradhan was repatriated from the elite force on July 12 last year even before he completed his stipulated three-year tenure with the black cats.
The NSG's fighting forces are under the command of the IG (operations) and the officer is next in command to the NSG DG in terms of operations.
The IG operations commands both the 51 Special Action Group (counter-terrorist unit) and 52 SAG (counter-hijack unit) and is also responsible to pick the best commandos to be placed in these units in consultation with the IG and DIG Training of the force who are based.