Mr G S Shekhawat Inspector General (Retd) joined BSF, the elite paramilitary force of the country, in the year 1971. He has 38 years of pan-India experience having served in various terrains from Jungles in the North East to the Desert and Salt Plains in the West and the Valley & Upper Himalayas in the North. He is a highly decorated officer having been awarded the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service in the year ’91 as well as the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2002.He began his career in the armed forces just before the onset of the 1971 Indo-Pak War. He commanded a Coy. deployed in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Post his initial years he was appointed as the Senior Instructor in the prestigious Central School of Weapons and Tactics (CSWT), Indore imparting training to force personnel as well as to IPS probationers from the 1979-83. In 1983, he was posted to the North East where he fought insurgency in Manipur Nagaland area. In 1985, he was selected for deputation to the elite force of the country BLACK CAT COMMANDOS (NSG). While in NSG participated in Op. Black Thunder I & II in the year 86 &’89 and was also responsible for protection of VVIPs as part of his tenure while commanding the VIP squadron.
IG Shekhawat remain deeply involved in fighting militancy while commanding a BSF battalion deployed in downtown Srinagar during peak militancy years of 1992-94. Thereafter he served a Staff Appointment tenure at BSF HQ at Delhi.
In 1996, he was posted to Jammu as DIG Ops, where he was deeply involved in planning and border management on the Jammu border as well as the LOC in Rajouri and Poonch district. Later he took over as sector commander of CI OPS in Rajouri under the Ops control of Romeo Force. While commanding CI OPS.he planned and executed numerous operations and enjoyed immense success for making highest seizures and recoveries on a given day in the history of the force. For his feat, he was awarded many commendation including the Chief of Army Staff commendation , a rare occurrence in paramilitary forces.
In 2002, he took over as DIG OPS at BSF HQ Delhi controlling operations of th entire force. Later on as DIG Logistics directly involved and contributed heavily in the modernization of the force which had a budget of over INR 2300Cr.
His penultimate posting took him once again to the Valley in the role of Principal Staff Officer to deal with matters pertaining to operations, training, logistics, intelligence, administration, discipline, welfare, accounts and legal matters of the Kashmir Frontier.
Mr Shekhawat’s final tenure was as Inspector General Gujarat Frontier at Gandhinagar, where He was directly responsible for the Border Management of 740 Kms. of Indo-Pak border which included the border area from Barmer to Rann of Kutchh and Sir Creek area.
A tireless worker, IG Shekhawat took up numerous assignments post his retirement too. He started off as the Venue Administrator of Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium’s Cycling Velodrome for the Commonwealth Games held in October 2010. Thereafter he was drafted on contract in to the International Cricket Council’s Anti Corruption & Security Unit for the Indian Premier League. He remained associated with the IPL in that capacity for 4 seasons.