The Union government on Monday granted an extension to the Director of the Special Protection Group (SPG), which guards and oversees the Prime Minister’s security, Arun Kumar Sinha, till July 2021.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the one year extension in the central deputation tenure of Mr. Sinha, who was appointed as SPG chief in March 2016. The central government has recently amended the SPG Act, 1988. As per the amended law, the SPG security cover will be provided only to the prime minister and to former PMs for a restricted period.
Mr. Sinha is a Kerala cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1987 batch. Now, as per the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Mr. Sinha will continue to be Director of SPG till July 2021.
He was appointed in the Border Security Force (BSF) and posted in Gujarat when Mr. Modi was the Chief Minister.