On Sunday 22 May, 2016, the President of India Pranab Mukherjee appointed former cop Kiran Bedi as the Lieutenant General of Puducherry. She will take charge from the retired LG Ajay Kumar Singh.
A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said “the President has been pleased to appoint Ms Kiran Bedi, to be the Lt. Governor of Puducherry with effect from the date she assumes charges of her office.”
The appointment came three days after the Congress-DMK alliance won 17 seats in the 30-member state Assembly.
The Congress-DMK alliance returned to power in the union territory after the May 16 elections to the 30-member assembly.
The first woman to join the elite Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972, Bedi held key positions in her career, including Inspector General (Prisons) at Delhi’s high-security Tihar jail.
Ms Bedi had joined the BJP in January last year, following which she was projected as the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate in the Delhi assembly elections. But her candidature was cited as one of the reasons why the BJP lost Delhi to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.
The LG post in the Union territory had been lying vacant after the Narendra Modi Government had sacked UPA nominee Virendra Kataria on July 12 barely a year after he had been appointed. Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island Lt Gen Ajay Singh had been given additional charge of Puducherry.
The country’s first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Bedi held key positions including Inspector General (Prisons) at Delhi’s high-security Tihar Jail. Her work in one of Asia’s largest jails led to her winning the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service.
Little about Kiran Bedi
- Bedi graduated in 1968, with a BA (Honours) in English, from Government College for Women at Amritsar.
- The same year, she won the NCC Cadet Officer Award. In 1970, she obtained a Master’s degree in political science from Punjab University, Chandigarh.
- Bedi joined the Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar as a lecturer in 1970.
- She joined the Indian Police Service in 1972 becoming the first woman IPS officer of the country.
- After completing her training at the National Police Academy at Mount Abu, Rajasthan, she was posted as the Sub-Divisional Police Officer at the Chanakyapuri Police Station.
- Puducherry (PDY), formerly known as Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India.
- The Congress emerged as the single largest party in Puducherry.
- The Congress is now all set to form the government in the Union Territory along with its ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in 2016 Assembly election.