In July this year, Subashini Sankaran, an Indian Police Services officer, took charge of security for Assam's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. By doing so, Subashini became the first woman IPS officer in India to become the in-charge of a CM’s security, reports News18.
Subashini comes from an educated middle class family. Born in Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur district, she shifted to Mumbai in the 1980s with her parents. After doing her schooling in Mumbai and finishing her graduation in Sociology from St. Xavier's College, she joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi to pursue her Masters and M. Phil.
While in JNU, Subashini started preparing for the UPSC exams. In 2010, Subashini cracked the UPSC Mains examination with rank 243, reports IAS Passion. She went to Hyderabad for her Police Academy training, and was finally stationed in Assam. "It was a new thing for everybody, but people slowly adapted to being comfortable about having a lady police officer as the chief minister’s head of security," Subashini said.
Ensuring the security of a state's CM is a job with zero tolerance for error. Subashini is responsible for planning the routes of the CM's travel. She also coordinates with the teams that provide close proximity protection, and briefs and debriefs other security personnel.