Prakash Singh

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Prakash Singh IPS
Prakash Singh IPS.jpg
Indian Police Foundation and Institute
In office
October 2015 – Present
Director General of Police
Border Security Force
In office
June 1993 – January 1994
Director General of Police
Uttar Pradesh Police
In office
Director General of Police
Assam Police
In office
Personal details
Born (1936-01-10) 10 January 1936 (age 81)
Azamgarh, India
Education B.A.
M.A. (History)
Alma mater University of Allahabad
Occupation Bureaucrat & Indian Police Reform movement
Known for Bureaucratic accountability and Indian Police Reforms[1][2]
Awards Padma Shri Award
Presidents Police Medal

Prakash Singh is a retired Indian Police Service officer, who rose to the highest rank of Director General of Police (DGP). He has served as Chief of the Border Security Force (BSF), Uttar Pradesh Police and Assam Police. He is considered as one of the best police officer for his role as key architect for Police reforms in India.[3] After his retirement from service in 1996, he filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India. The landmark verdict of PIL came in 2006, in which the Supreme Court has given specific directions to the central and state governments to carry out structural changes in the police with a view to insulating it from extraneous pressures and making it accountable to the people.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Mr Singh was born on 10 January 1936 in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, India and studied in the University of Allahabad. He is married to Savitri Singh and has two sons. His elder son Pankaj Kumar Singh is an IPS officer of 1988 batch, while younger son Piyush Kumar Singh[5] is a CEO of an IT company in USA. Presently he along with his wife lives in Noida.


Prakash Singh is a 1959 batch, Uttar Pradesh cadre Indian Police Service Officer. He was All India Rank 1 in Indian Police Service Examination conducted by UPSC. Before joining the service he worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of Allahabad from 1958 to 1959. His first posting as an IPS Officer was Assistant Superintendent of Police Kanpur (ASP Kanpur).

Post Retirement activities[edit]

  • Present Chairman of Indian Police Foundation and Institute.[6]
  • Associate Fellow, Joint Special Operations University.
  • Conducted Inquiry into Haryana Jat Reservation Agitation in 2016.
  • Member, National Security Advisory Board between 2013-2014.
  • Member, Expert Group of Planning Commission to study Challenges in Extremist Affected Areas in 2008.
  • Chairman of Committee constituted by Allahabad High Court to De-Criminalize politics in UP between 2007-2008.
  • Supreme Court of India gave orders on his petition to Restructure the Police Forces for Police Reforms in 2006.
  • Headed Inquiry Commission to probe attempted assassination of N. Chandrababu Naidu by Naxalites in 2004.[7]
  • Assists the Union Public Service Commission as expert in the selection of All India Civil Services officers.

Prakash Singh Committees[edit]

Following his clean and honest image, even after retirement he has been tasked to head Inquiry Committees on two different occasions.

  • In February 2016 he was appointed by Government of Haryana to submit the report on Role of Officers of Civil Administration and Police during Jat reservation agitation in Haryana.[8][9] The agitation had resulted in loss of 30 lives, blockade of National Highways, large scale damage to public and private property in many districts worth INR 20,000 crores.[10] The 451 pages report, indicting 80 government officials was submitted in record period of 71 days.
  • In 2003, the Government of Andhra Pradesh had asked him to conduct an Inquiry into the incident of mine blast at Tirumala Ghat Road, Chittur District on 1 October 2003 in which the Naxalite attempted to assassinate the then Chief Minister of the state, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu. A comprehensive Report was submitted by him on 6 February 2004.[11]

As an Author[edit]

Mr Singh has authored the following books.


Prakash Singh is a recipient of Padma Shri Award in year 1991 for his contribution to Civil Service.[12] He has also been awarded State award by Government of Uttar Pradesh, Police Medal for Meritorious Service and Police Medal for Distinguished Service.


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