Neena Singh becomes India’s first woman CISF chief

Neena Singh-CISF

New Delhi: In a historic move, the Central Government has appointed IPS officer Neena Singh as the Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), making her the first woman to head the paramilitary force. Neena Singh, a 1989 batch IPS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, was already holding the additional charge of CISF DG since August 31 this year, after the retirement of her predecessor Shilvardhan Singh.

The CISF is responsible for providing security to airports, Delhi Metro, government buildings, and strategic installations across the country. It has a strength of over 1.6 lakh personnel and is one of the largest industrial security forces in the world.

Neena Singh has a distinguished career in the police service, spanning over three decades. She started her career as a Manipur cadre officer but later opted for the Rajasthan cadre. She has held various important posts in the state, such as SP of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, DIG of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, and ADG of the Crime Branch.

She also served as Joint Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from 2013–18, where she handled several high-profile cases with national and international ramifications, such as the AgustaWestland chopper scam, the coal block allocation scam, the Saradha chit fund scam, and the Vijay Mallya extradition case.

She joined the CISF in 2021 as Additional Director General (ADG) and was promoted to Special Director General (SDG) in 2023. She has been instrumental in enhancing the operational efficiency, modernization, and welfare of the force.

Neena Singh-CISF

Neena Singh is a native of Bihar and has a stellar academic record. She graduated from Patna Women’s College, did her post-graduation from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and completed her mid-career training at Harvard University. She is married to Rohit Kumar Singh, a 1989 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, who is currently serving as the Secretary of Consumer Affairs in the Central Government. The couple has two children, a son and a daughter.