February 25, 2016: Designated Director General, Indian Coast Guard, Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, who is currently holding appointment of Additional Director General, hails from Uttarakhand. His basic and higher education has also been done from Uttarakhand.
The Flag Officer joined the Indian Coast Guard way back in 1980, when the service was being established. Thus, he is one amongst few serving officers who has not only been witness to Coast Guard’s growth through the years but has also contributed significantly to the same. The Flag Officer got the rare opportunity and privilege to command each class of Coast Guard ships in service, which includes the Interceptor Boat, Inshore Patrol Vessel, Fast Patrol Vessel, Offshore Patrol Vessel and Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel. In the eighties, when smuggling was at peak in Indian waters and was a major concern for the nation, Shri Singh was actively involved in apprehending numerous maritime economic offenders. A record seizure is on the name Shri Singh, which was duly recognized with the Tatrakshak Medal (TM); awarded to him by the President of India on 15th August 1990.
Shri Singh has vast experience of field formations. Apart from other field appointments, as an Inspector General, he had commanded both Eastern as well as the erstwhile-undivided Western Region, which itself implies having commanded more than 2/3rd of the operational fleet and units of the service. These challenging assignments as the Commander of the Regions were marked by numerous historical turning points. On the Eastern front, it was the success of leading ICG efforts in the Palk Bay at the peak of the ethnic strife, and on the West, it was leading the transformation of the service to counter challenges in the coastal security apparatus. Government of India duly acknowledged his distinguished service with the President’s Tatrakshak Medal (PTM) on 15th August 2007.
During the course of his illustrious career, the Flag Officer has served in various capacities, both ashore and afloat. He has contributed to every facet of Indian Coast Guard; efficiently, and with impeccable track record, whether it is Operations, Policy and Plans, Financial Management, Human Resource Management or Administration. During his command of Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel Sangram, the ship was deployed to the Far East coast of Japan, Philippines and Vietnam on goodwill missions and was instrumental in building bridges of friendship. His efforts earned international recognition for the Indian Coast Guard, which remains a silver inning in the annals of the service.
In the present appointment as the Additional Director General, he has proficiently handled the conflicting demands in a continually enlarging charter of duties. Coastal Security, Search and Rescue, Pollution Control, coordination with Coastal States and various stakeholders have been his major thrust areas. Shri Singh is playing a very key role in successfully discharging all the responsibilities bestowed upon the Indian Coast Guard. Shri Rajendra Singh is known for his professionalism with his unique humane touch.
The Flag Officer is married to Mrs. Urmila Singh and has two daughters.
Photo Credit: PRO, ICG