Pathak, presently working as Special DG, BSF, is appointed to the post with immediate effect and till the date of his superannuation on February 29, 2016, or until further orders.

BSF is country's largest border guarding force. His name for the post of DG was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The post of DG, BSF, was vacant since February 28, 2014 when Subhash Joshi retired.

Pathak, a 1979-batch officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, had served in CRPF as its chief of operations in Jammu and Kashmir and he has also spent stints in various positions in his cadre states of Assam and Meghalaya.

About Border Security Force

The Border Security Force (BSF) is a border guarding force of the Government of India.

It was established on December 1, 1965 as one of the Central Armed Police Forces.

Its primary role is to guard India's international borders during peacetime and also prevent trans border crime.

Like all Central Armed Police Forces of India, the BSF is under the administrative control of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.