The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has decided to appoint ace badminton player and Olympic silver medalist P. V. Sindhu as its honorary commandant and brand ambassador.
CRPF’s Director General K.Durga Prasad announced that P.V.Sindhu (Silver Medalist in Rio Olympics) had agreed to become the India’s largest paramilitary force’s brand ambassador and this proposal move to Home Ministry for the approval.
She will be given honorary Commandant rank in the CRPF and such an officer who commands a battalion of about 1,000 personnel.
Why P.V. Sindhu
Ace shuttler P V Sindhu won a historic silver medal in the women’s singles badminton at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games.
She was recently conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
CRPF is the largest central armed police force or paramilitary force in India, which comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Its role is to assist States/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and contain insurgency.
It was established in 1939, under Crown Representative’s Police.
After independence in 1947, it was made statutory CRPF after enactment of the CRPF Act, 1949.
Now, CRPF is the world’s largest paramilitary force with 228 battalions and over three lakh personnel.