Vivek Srivastav to be appointed as chief of SPG

  • Mahesh Langa, Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2014 23:26 IST

A formal order regarding Vivek Srivastav's appointment as the new inspector general of the Special Protection Group (SPG) was issued Wednesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared his name.

Hindustan Times had reported on November 28 that the PM had selected Srivastav to head the SPG after K Gurga Prasad was removed from the post.

A 1989 batch Indian Police Service officer of Gujarat cadre, Srivastav will be in charge of the agency responsible for providing security to the PM and former PMs as well as their family members.

The government had unceremoniously removed Prasad while he was with the Prime Minister Modi during his visit to Nepal during the Saarc summit.

At present, Srivastav is an IG in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in Patna. He had worked as a DIG in the SPG earlier during the UPA regime.

In another important appointment, IAS officer Anurag Jain has been appointed as joint secretary in the PMO.

Jain, a 1989 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre officer, has been asked to join his new assignment from January 1, 2015. He is already serving the central deputation as joint secretary in the department of financial services, ministry of finance.

For Srivastav, the order issued by the appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister noted that his tenure in the SPG will be treated as deputation from the IB and will be allowed to join back the IB on completion of deputation in the SPG.

Srivastav has been on central deputation for almost a decade now.

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