Shri R K Pachnanda, IPS

PROFILE ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­                                                                                                                                          
         The Officer is serving as Director General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), India’s specialized force for responding to natural disasters and CBRN emergencies.
         He is an IPS officer of the 1983 Batch.
PAST ASSIGNMENTS ­­­­­­­­­­­­                                                                                                                  

  • Additional Director General (Operations & Works), CRPF, New Delhi
  • Commissioner of Police, Kolkata
  • Director General of Police (SCRB), West Bengal
  • Additional Director General (HQ), CISF, New Delhi
  • Additional Director General (Airport Sector), CISF, New Delhi
  • Additional Director General (Armed Police), West Bengal
  • Special Commissioner of Police (I) Kolkata and Addl. CP Kolkata
  • Inspector General (HQ)& IG (Training)BSF
  • IG (South Bengal Frontier), BSF
  • Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), BSF
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police, South Division, Kolkata.
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch), Kolkata Police
  • Superintendent of Police, CBI(Anti-Corruption Branch), Chandigarh
  • Superintendent of Police, CBI (Co-ordination Cell), Chandigarh
  • Assistant Director, Special Protection Group
  • Additional Superintendent of Police and SDPO, Kurseong (Darjeeling District)
  • SDPO, Uluberia, Howrah


  • President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service on the occasion of Republic Day 2007.
  • Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the occasion of Republic Day, 1999.
  • Director General’s Commendation Roll 2004
  • Director General’s Commendation Roll 2005
  • Director General’s Commendation Roll 2006
  • Director General’s Commendation Disc 2014 (Thrice)


  • Special Commendation from the Prime Minister of India, in 1990, for outstanding work while in the SPG.
  • Commendations for outstanding work in SPG in 1989-90, by Minister of State for Personnel & Pensions, Cabinet Secretary and Director SPG.
  • Commendations by three Directors CBI and DIG CBI for outstanding work/praiseworthy performance in CBI.
  • Commendation by Chief Secretary, West Bengal

SYMPOSIUM AT INTERPOL                                                                                                       
         Represented CBI, India in a symposium on International Terrorism atICPO, Lyon, France in November, 1993.
SEMINAR  IN ISRAEL                                                                                                                   
         Attended a Seminar on ‘Suicide Terrorism’ in Tel Aviv in January, 2003.

COUNTER TERRORISM PROGRAMME                                                                                              
         Represented India in the Counter Terrorism Programme on Civil-Military Response to Terrorism at Monterey, USA from 19th April to 30th April, 2004.

REPUBLIC DAY PARADE 2002                                                                                                  

         As DIG was the only Police Officer to command the Republic Day Parade in Kolkata (2002) which is always commanded by a Brigadier of the Army.

  • Authored a book “Terrorism and Response to Terrorist Threat”(2002 UBS Publishers’ Distribution Ltd.) which was a best seller. 
  • Has written articles on terrorism in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Bulletin and NPA (National Police Academy) Magazine.

TROPHIES AWARDED                                                                                                                  
(a)Trophies awarded at the National Police Academy,  Hyderabad in 1984.
       (i) IPS Association ‘Sword of Honour’.
       (ii) The Tonk Cup for ‘Equitation’
       (iii) The BSF Trophy for “The Best Outdoor Probationer”
       (iv) Trophy for the “Best Probationer in Drill”.
       (v) Trophy for the “Best Swimmer’.
       (vi) The XI Regular (1958) IPS Batch Silver Jubilee L.B. Sewa Memorial Trophy for the ‘Best Probationer in Co-curricular Activities’.
(b) As Assistant Director, Close Protection Team, SPG
       (i) Stood First in the Basic Foundation Course, Special Protection Group, beating all other DCIOs and ACIOs.
       (ii) Stood First in ‘Firing’
       (iii) Stood First in ‘Unarmed Combat’.
       (iv) Stood First in the Written Test.

      (1) Squash: 

  • Ranked India Junior No.3 in Squash (1977).
  • Winner, Chandigarh State Open Men’s Championship (1978-1981).
  • Semi Finalist in the Maharashtra State & Delhi State Championship (1977).
  • Represented St. Stephen’s College Delhi in Squash and Cross Country.

      (2) Shooting: 

  • Stood First in the Shooting Championship at the Police Sports at Howrah, West Bengal State.
  •  Captained the Darjeeling District Revolver Shooting Championship 1987.
  •  Winner, Kolkata Police Rifle Shooting Championship (1999)

      (3) Tennis: 

  • Punjab University Campus Tennis Player (1978-1981)

      (4) Represented St. John’s High School, Chandigarh in Hockey and Football (1973 – 1974).
      (5) Equestrian: Second Prize in the Andhra Pradesh Mounted Show (Hacks Event) in 1984.
Co-Curricular Activities­­­­­­­­­­­­                                                                                                             

  • Painting