Shri. Gurbachan Jagat
(28-07-2009 to 14-10-2009)
Born - First July 1942
IPS (Retd.) – Batch of 1966, Punjab Cadre
Union Public Service Commission
Chairman - April 2006 to June 2007
Member - August 2002 to March 2006
Border Security Force
Director General - December 2000 to June 2002
The BSF made strides not only operationally, but also technically & administratively. Whereas on one hand, the Jammu border was fenced successfully, on the other, a pro-active effort was launched to reach out to the populace in border areas with civic action programmes, particularly in J&K.
Jammu & Kashmir Police
Director General - February 1997 to December 2000
Was chosen by the GoI and J&K Government to lead and revamp a police force, which at one time had revolted and on whose loyalties people raised question marks. The force was not only rebuilt, but motivation levels reached such heights that it became the vanguard in the fight against terrorism.
The fight against terror was taken to the people with boys from the most inaccessible regions being recruited, personally on the spot, bringing them into the mainstream and changing their perceptions towards the Nation. Village Defence Committees were introduced to bring about changes in attitudes at the grass root level.
A completely new hallmark was achieved in building up coordination amongst various arms of the Government including the Army, Central Police Organisations, Intelligence Agencies and the State Police/Administration, thus creating a synchronized effort in the fight against terrorism in the larger interests of the Nation. The force was completely modernized, re-equipped and its size almost doubled from 36,000 to 60,000.
Heading the intelligence/security apparatus as DIG (1982-1990), coordinated the fight against the insurgency. In recognition of efforts during the pre and post Operation Blue Star years, was conferred with the rare honour of a Padma Shri in 1987.
Tasked with the conceptualizing and setting up of the Housing Corporation as MD (1990-1995), created a secure environment for the Police. For the first time schools were set up for the children of Police personnel. During these years, was also in charge of liaison with various agencies involved in the fight against militancy as well as Operation Night Dominance in the border districts of the State.
As ADG Administration, was able to help towards reorienting priorities of the Punjab Police back to peacetime policing in the post-militancy scenario.
Padma Shri - 1987
President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service – 1992.
Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service – 1982
J&K Government ‘The Police Officer of the Year’- 2001
Paschimi Star, Sangram Medal, Special Duty Medal (Punjab and J&K), Aantrik Seva Suraksha Medal, Operation Rakhshak & Operation Vijay Medals.
M.A. (English Literature): 1964, Punjab University, Chandigarh.
A prolific thinker and reader who dabbles in writing. Coming from a rural background has the interests of the rural areas close to his heart.