Cuttack: A day after the State Government announced appointment of 1986 batch IPS officer B.K. Sharma as the new Director General of Police (DGP) and Head of Police Force (HoPF) of Odisha in addition to his incumbent post of Special DG (Fire Services & Home Guard) and Civil Defence, he formally assumed office at the State Police Headquarters here today.
Prior to being handed over charge by his superannuating predecessor R.P. Sharma, B.K. Sharma was accorded guard of honour on the State Police Headquarters premises as per the protocol.
B.K Sharma will remain DGP in additional charge till further orders.
He was the longest-serving Police Commissioner of Twin City Bhubaneswar-Cuttack from May 2008 to May 2012 and also headed Crime Branch for seven years as IG, Additional DG and Special DG.
Being a native of tribal-dominated Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, B.K. Sharma began his career as Sundargarh SP, Phulbani SP, Sambalpur SP and also Khurda SP for two terms.
Notably, outgoing DGP R.P. Sharma has opted for VRS (voluntary retirement scheme). He has also been selected as a Lokayukta Member here in the State. His name proposed by the Lokayukta Selection Committee has recently been accorded seal of approval by the Odisha Governor.
Need to mention here that, Odisha Government’s process is underway for the appointment of a full-term DGP as the selection for the top cop post of a State will be done in the UPSC panel as per the Supreme Court’s directive. Accordingly, a list of senior Odisha cadre IPS officers of 1985, 1986 and 1987 batches has been sent to the UPSC for preparing a three-member panel on seniority basis. In pursuance of the apex court’s guidelines, a State would appoint one from the three names selected by the UPSC panel.