Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundram was appointed director general of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the first woman to head a paramilitary force.

Ramasundram, who is currently the director of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), is the first woman police officer to have been appointed as the chief of a paramilitary force. The SSB is entrusted with guarding the country’s frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan.

There are five paramilitary forces — SSB, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force and Indo Tibetan Border Police — and none has ever had a woman chief.

The Tamil Nadu cadre officer was in news in 2014 over her appointment as additional director in the CBI. Her appointment was also challenged in the Supreme Court after which she was moved to the NCRB as its chief.

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