Ravi Sinha: IPS officer Ravi Sinha has been made the next Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of the country. He will replace the current Chief Samant Goyal. Ravi Sinha is a 1988 batch IPS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre. As of now, he is the second number officer in the agency. Was heading the operational wing for the last seven years.
Ravi Sinha is taking over as the RAW chief at such a crucial time when Manipur is reeling under ethnic strife for the last one and a half months and challenges like Sikh insurgency are also in front. Samant Goel’s tenure will end on June 30, after which Ravi Sinha will take over for two years.
VIDEO | Senior IPS officer Ravi Sinha appointed as the new RAW chief, replacing Samant Kumar Goel. Sinha is a 1988 batch IPS officer of the Chhattisgarh cadre and currently serving as Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat. pic.twitter.com/h78WzDnwVX
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Know in point who is Ravi Sinha?
- Ravi Sinha is a resident of Bhojpur, Bihar. He studied at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
- In the year 1988, Ravi Sinha passed the UPSC exam and became an IPS of Madhya Pradesh cadre.
- In 2000, when the then Atal Bihari government carved out the tribal-dominated areas of Madhya Pradesh and included it in Chhattisgarh, Ravi Sinha joined the Chhattisgarh cadre.
- Ravi Sinha is presently Special Secretary on Central deputation. He has a deep understanding of sensitive issues like Jammu and Kashmir, North East and Left Wing Extremism.
- Incidentally, Intelligence Bureau chief Tapan Deka is Ravi Sinha’s batchmate. Ravi Sinha is credited with introducing modern technology in the field of intelligence collection.
Samant Kumar had made the blueprint of air strike
Samant Kumar Goel, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre, is retiring on June 30. He had joined the agency in 2001. In 2019 rose to the position of head of the agency. He headed RAW for four years with two extensions in tenure.
Samant Goel is credited with planning India’s successful air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot in 2019 to avenge the Pulwama attack.
RAW was established in 1968
The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was established on 21 September 1968. Its main work is to gather foreign intelligence, combat terrorism, and advance India’s foreign strategic interests. Before the establishment of RAW, the work of foreign intelligence collection was done by the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
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