"I am happy to head SSB and want to use my years of experience to improve the force," she said.

Archana Ramasundaram becomes first woman IPS officer to head paramilitary force
news Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 10:47

Archana Ramasundaram, who has been appointed director general of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), a paramilitary organization guarding the country‚Äôs borders with Nepal and Bhutan, is the first woman to head the SSB, The Times of India reported. 

Archana is a 1980-batch IPS officer from Tamil Nadu. She will be heading the post till her retirement on September 30, 2016.

She told TOI, "I am happy to head SSB and want to use my years of experience to improve the force."

In 2014, she was appointed as the additional director of CBI in Delhi after getting clearance from the state government. But the Tamil Nadu government did not relieve her from the TN police post. The Central government had upgraded the post of director NCRB to director general of police to accommodate her in the post, according to TOI. She sent a letter to the chief secretary of the state and moved to Delhi. 

She was then suspended by state government for deserting her duties. The Central government squashed her suspension.

The state also moved to the Delhi high court to appeal but the petition was dismissed. Currently, she is the senior most IPS officer in Tamil Nadu. She hails from Uttar Pradesh and is married to S Ramasundaram, a 1979 batch IAS officer from Tamil Nadu. 

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