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Sawian new secretary in cabinet secretariat

Meghalaya director general of police Bijon K Dey Sawian has been appointed as Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat, official sources said Monday. 1973-batch IPS Sawian will replace KC Verma who is now Internal Security Adviser to the Home Minister P Chidambaram. He will serve as the secretary (security) for more than two years till he retires. Monday, the senior IPS officer asked the Meghalaya government to relieve him as chief of the state police following his new assignments at the national capital.
The cabinet secretariat also looks after the matters related to Special Protection Group and internal security.
Additional director general of police Kulbir Krishan is likely to be appointed as the new DGP of the state, official sources said. Sawian, an Assam-Meghalaya IPS cadre is the first tribal IPS officer from the restive North Eastern states to take charge as Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat. He had earlier been tipped to take over as Secretary (Internal Security) to the Union Home Ministry, but the post went to Raman Srivastava.
Sawian expressed happiness over his appointment and assured to work with efficiency and dedication.
Sawian began his career towards the end of Naxalite era in Bengal in early 1970s especially in Midnapore district which adjoins the present-day state of Jharkhand. He also had an experience of border management, handling influx problems and anti-nationals activities across the Indo-Bangla border and combating insurgency in Manipur and Assam as Inspector General of Border Security Force.
Sawian was also instrumental in setting up the Disaster Management Institute at the BSF training centre at Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh.
During his stint as Meghalaya DGP for two terms, Sawian could contain the rapid growth of militant activities by various northeast insurgent groups operating in the state.

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