CHENNAI: Inspector General Anand Prakash Badola took over charge of Coast Guard region (East) in Chennai on Friday. This comes after his predecessor Inspector General S Paramesh took over the reins of Commander Coast Guard Region (West), Mumbai.
Badola, joined Indian Coast Guard in 1990 and during his illustrious career spanning over three decades, has commanded every class of Coast Guard Ship in Service. The Flag Officer has served in various capacities both ashore and afloat and has an impeccable track record in the field of Operations, Administration, Human Resources and Policy and Plans.
The Flag Officer is a specialist in navigation and direction and is an alumnus of US Naval Staff College, Newport. Badola holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry, and is a recipient of Director General Indian Coast Guard Commendation (Twice) and Commander- in-Chief Andaman & Nicobar Commendation.
The Flag Officer has held various Staff appointments which include, Principal Director (Administration) at Coast Guard Headquarters, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station (Delhi), Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Headquarters, Coast Guard Region (East) and Regional Operations and Plans Officer at Region (West and Andaman & Nicobar region), where the Officer was instrumental in providing impetus to achieve a high level of operational effectiveness and consolidation of the administrative framework for Service.
On elevation to Flag rank in May 2017, the Officer spearheaded the Staff Division as Chief of Staff at both Headquarters Coast Guard Eastern Seaboard and Western Seaboard and has served as Commander Coast Guard Region (West) at Mumbai from December 2019 to June 2021.The Flag Officer was also awarded the ‘Tatrakshak Medal’ by the President of India for his Meritorious Service on 15 August 2020. Badola hails from Uttarakhand and is married to Neelima Badola.