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Gurbachan Jagat to be new Chairman of UPSC
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Mr Gurbachan Jagat will be the next Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). He will take over on April 1.

One of the most decorated former Punjab cadre IPS officer, Mr Gurbachan Jagat, is, perhaps, the first police officer to be appointed Chairman of the UPSC. Known for his honesty and integrity, Mr Jagat, held eminent positions as police officer before his appointment as member of the commission on August 2002.

A post graduate in English literature, Mr Jagat joined Indian Police Service in 1966. He served as district police chief (from 1978 to 1981) of Amritsar when Punjab was on the boil and played a significant role to tackle some of the most complicated situations which occurred during that period. He held the post of DIG (Intelligence) in Punjab from 1982-1990. Besides the Indian Police Medal, he was honoured with Padam Shri in 1987 for his distinguished service.

Mr Jagat was selected for the most difficult assignment of Director-General of Police (DGP) of the trouble torn state Jammu and Kashmir in February 1997. He stayed there in a thick of battle against militancy till December 2000. He played an important role in motivating the police force in the fight against militancy.

Later, in December 2000, he was posted as Director-General of Border Security Force and served in that capacity till June 2002.

Apart from other honours, he is recipient of several other medals: Paschimi Star, Sangram Medal, Special Duty Medal, Aantrik Seva Suraksha Medal.

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