P. V. Sindhu, an ace badminton player, and the silver medalist in the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games was appointed as honorary commandant and brand ambassador of CRPF, India's largest paramilitary force. The announcement was made by CRPF’s Director General K.Durga Prasad after she had agreed to become the India’s largest paramilitary force’s brand ambassador. The commandant position is equivalent to the position of a Superintendent of Police (SP), who commands a battalion of about 1,000 personnel. As the brand ambassador of the force, she would hold motivational sessions with troops and her messages would be sent to all the work forces positioned across the country.
Few years back, cricketer Virat Kohli was also appointed by border guarding force (BSF) as its brand ambassador.
After the formal proposal from the Union Home Ministry is sanctioned, she will be honored and be presented the rank, badges and camouflage combat fatigues of the CRPF at a ceremonial event. Her appointment will not only motivate the personnel to do better but will also send the message of women empowerment.
About 3-lakh of strong force personnel and with 228 battalions, the CRPF is the world’s largest paramilitary force and basis for anti-naxal operations and various internal security duty tasks in India. It functions under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Its primary role is to assist Indian States/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and contain insurgency.
CRPF also has the acknowledgment of raising the first all-women battalion in a central paramilitary or a police force.