Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government has appointed former Sonitpur SP Arvind Kumar, who is a Kashmir expert, as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau. Also, Samant Goel, who played a key role in February 26 Balakot Air strikes, has been appointed as the next chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
It may be mentioned here that both Kumar and Goel are IPS officers of the 1984 batch with Kumar belonging to the Assam cadre and Goel to the Punjab cadre.
Kumar started out his career in the Assam Police. He was appointed as the superintendent of Police of Sonitpur. Later, he worked as Intelligence Bureau’s Kashmir expert and was closely involved in Centre’s approach on terrorism in the valley. Kumar will replace Rajiv Jain as the IB chief.
On the other hand, Goel has handled Punjab militancy during 1990s. A Pakistan expert, Goel was on the officials involved in the planning of Balakot Air Strikes and 2016 surgical strikes.
Meanwhile, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has also approved the extension of Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant’s tenure for a further period of two years beyond June 30, 2019, i.e. up to June 30, 2021.