Surjit Kumar Dhal, BHUBANESWAR, AUG 7: Odisha government Wednesday appointed IPS officer BK Sharma as the Head of Police Force and gave him full additional charge as the Director General of Police (DGP), official sources said.
The state government’s move came a day after incumbent DGP, RP Sharma, revealed about his appointment as a non-judicial member of the Lokayukta, the anti-corruption watchdog that became functional in Odisha from April 8.”Sri Bijay Kumar Sharma, IPS will remain in full additional charge of DGP, Odisha and Head of Police Force,” a communication received from the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Bijay Kumar Sharma, a 1986 batch IPS officer, is presently working as the DG Fire Service, Commandant General of Home Guards and Director, Civil Defence. He had officiated as the DGP in April this year when R P Sharma was on leave for 10 days.Sharma has a distinguished career in the Indian Police spanning over 33 years, during which he served the State Government and the Government of India with distinction.He was Superintendent of Police of Sundargarh, Phulbani, Sambalpur and served two terms as SP in Khurda (Bhubaneswar).From 1999 to 2006, for seven years, Sharma served in the Central Bureau of Investigation on deputation. During the period he served all the three wings of the CBI, namely, Economic Offences, Special Crime and anti-corruption. He also served in the crucial post of Deputy Director, Administration of the CBI before returning to Odisha cadre.Sharma was Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack for four years from May 2008 to May 2012. He played a pioneering role in building the entire organizational structure of the Commissionerate System, including creating the new regulatory structure and court systems.
He kept crime in the twin cities under control and created a new look traffic police that was admired by visitors to the capital city.BK Sharma headed the State Crime Branch, Criminal Investigation Department, for seven years in the rank of IG, Additional DG and Special DG of Police.Sharma headed the Odisha Prison Department briefly before heading the Home Guards, Fire Services and Civil DefenseOrganization. During Cyclone Fani his leadership of the Fire Services was highly appreciated.Sharma is a former Full-bright Scholar and alumni of John Hopkins University, USA, where he specialized in Drug Enforcement.Sharma is passionate about wild-life conservation and has been awarded many prestigious prizes. He had headed the task force in 2004 to enquire into the mysterious vanishing of Tigers from Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan.Bijay Kumar Sharma belongs to Baripada, Mayurbhanj where he did his schooling and college education.
He was the first recipient of the Governor Police Medal for the Best Superintendent of Police in Odisha in 1999. Besides, he is a recipient of the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.Notably, Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal had on Tuesday approved name of RP Sharma as a non-judicial member of the Lokayukta following recommendation of the selection committee.His application for voluntary retirement from the service has also been accepted by the state government, a source in the Home department said.