In a major boost for women’s empowerment, the Union Territory of Chandigarh has appointed its first woman senior superintendent of police (SSP). Jagdale Nilambari Vijay will take charge of the new post in a week, according to reports.

Nilambari Vijay is a 2008-batch Punjab-cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. Her tenure as SSP will be for three years.

Sources said the final order may take some time. As per practice, the final appointment comes after approval from the appointment Committee of the Cabinet, The Tribune reported.

IPS officer Sukhchain Singh Gill was repatriated to Punjab in December last year. Since then, Eish Singhal is officiating as the Chandigarh SSP.

While there are several women IPS officers in the administration level in Chandigarh, that is not the case with the police. Kiran Bedi was appointed IGP of the city years ago, The Tribune reported.

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Nilambari Vijay, who is currently the commandant-cum-deputy director (indoor) at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, was recommended for the job by Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore.

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Besides Nilambari Vijay, two other officers — S Bhoopati, a 2007-batch IPS officer, and Naveen Singla, a 2009-batch IPS officer — were being considered for the SSP’s post.

We wish Jagdale Nilambari Vijay good luck for the future!

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Feature Image Credit: Chandigarh Metro

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