Ranchi: Gauri Shankar Rath, a 1977-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, will take over as the new Director General of Jharkhand Police (DGP). He succeeds Neyaz Ahmad, who retires on February 28.
The Home Department has issued a notification regarding Rath’s appointment as the new DGP. Ahmad, who was slated to retire on November 30, last year, was given three months extension.
Starting his career in the policing as a probationer IPS officer in Dhanbad, Rath is presently posted as Additional DGP (Headquarter). Earlier, he was promoted to the rank of ADG in 2008 and posted in the Special Branch.
An officer of repute, Rath has been awarded with President Medal for outstanding and meritorious services. As SP, he has served various districts of unified Bihar. During his stint as SP of Rohtas, a notorious gangster Mohan Bind was killed. Bind used to be a terror for entire Bhojpur area at that time.
Outlining his priorities as the new DGP, Rath said his focus would be on to bring about transparency in system of policing. “Apart from toning up the law and order machinery, which would be my prime objective, I would also try to reinforcing the image of policing as people-friendly,” he said.
Providing professional training to police officers and motivating them to adopt thoroughly professional approach would be another thing that the DGP-designate is planning to achieve during his new assignment.
Officials of the Home Department said that Rath was likely to play an important role in drafting the new rulebooks of policing such as Jharkhand Police Act and Jharkhand Police Manual, which aim to regulate functioning of the constabulary.
The provisions might also include mandatory posting of police officers for a minimum fixed period in the Maoists’ affected areas for getting eligible for promotions and other incentives.