Senior IPS officer Alok Sharma has been appointed as the director of the Special Protection Group (SPG), responsible for ensuring the security of the prime minister. Sharma, belonging to the 1991 batch of the Indian Police Service, presently serves as the additional director general within the SPG.
The appointment of Sharma as the SPG director has received approval from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. According to an order released by the personnel ministry, Sharma will assume the role of SPG director effective immediately and until further directives.
This appointment comes subsequent to the passing of SPG chief Arun Kumar Sinha on September 6. Sinha, a 1987-batch IPS officer of the Kerala cadre, was 61 years old at the time of his demise.
The SPG’s primary responsibility involves providing immediate armed security protection for the prime minister.