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DGP buzz

Shillong, Nov. 29: The Meghalaya government is likely to choose between director-general (prisons) Kulbir Krishan and director-general (homeguards and civil defence) Prem Singh for the post of the next director-general of police (DGP).

Top echelons in the state secretariat chose to remain tightlipped on the issue that has been hanging fire since last month.

“The notification on the appointment of the next DGP will be issued tomorrow and the new DGP will take over by December 1 or 2,” home minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh told reporters today. Lyngdoh, however, did not spell out the government’s ultimate choice for the top post.

Official sources indicated that the government would choose between Krishan, a 1976 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre and Singh (of 1977 batch).

Sources said at present the scales tilt towards Singh although the top cop had earlier indicated that he would be opting for a central deputation. “Singh is more likely to be appointed DGP although it is uncertain whether he would continue to hold the post after the 2013 Assembly elections,” the sources said.

Meghalaya is still to get a new DGP following the retirement of N. Ramachandran on October 31.

Additional DGP Rajiv Mehta, who will take over as the new chief of the Narcotics Control Board in New Delhi, has been officiating as the DGP since Ramachandran demitted office.

Besides Krishan and Singh, the State Security Commissionhad empanelled Subash Goswami (1977 batch), B. Kezo (1978 batch) and D.K. Pathak (1979 batch) as probables for the DGP’s post.

Kezo, the current Nagaland director-general (prisons), had been the state government’s choice for the DGP post, but the top cop, who had served in Meghalaya for many decades, virtually turned down the offer.