Nina Singh Becomes First Woman Chief of Industrial Security Force
Senior Indian Police Service officer Nina Singh took charge as Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) recently. She became the first woman to head the specialized security organization and the 30th CISF Director General.
Singh is a high-achieving 1989-batch officer from the Rajasthan cadre. Key accomplishments include:
- First woman IPS officer in Rajasthan’s history
- Headed the State Commission for Women
- Joint Director at CBI overseeing major criminal probes
- Co-authored research on police reforms with Nobel laureates
Her illustrious 34-year tenure has imparted extensive policing expertise across domains. She also holds masters degrees from JNU and Harvard.
Trailblazer in Security
As CISF Chief, Singh will spearhead the force guarding vital public infrastructure like airports, metro rails, ports and nuclear sites.
Her pioneering appointment underscores the government’s commitment to women leadership in critical policing roles.
Singh earned numerous honors including the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award.
About the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
The CISF is a specialized Indian federal police agency under the Home Ministry. It is one of the Central Armed Police Forces guarding key national infrastructure.
The CISF provides security cover to over 356 industrial units and sites across India. These include:
- Atomic power plants
- Space installations
- Mines and oil fields
- Major ports and airports
- Heavy manufacturing plants
- Dams and power plants
- Currency presses
Many are public sector enterprises bearing economic and strategic importance. Recently, CISF deployment has been approved in the Indian Parliament complex additionally.