Ravi Sinha, a senior IPS officer from the Chhattisgarh cadre, has been chosen as the new chief of India’s external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Sinha will succeed Samant Kumar Goel, who completes his four-year term on June 30. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Sinha’s appointment as Secretary of RAW for a two-year tenure.
Introducing Ravi Sinha
Ravi Sinha is a distinguished Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1988 batch. He currently serves as the Special Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat. With a wealth of experience spanning over two decades, Sinha has been closely associated with the intelligence agency for a significant period. Prior to his promotion, he led the operational wing of RAW. Sinha has garnered extensive expertise through his work in regions like Jammu and Kashmir, the northeastern part of India, and abroad.
Notable Achievements of Samant Kumar Goel
Samant Kumar Goel assumed the position of RAW chief for a two-year term in June 2019. He was subsequently granted two one-year extensions, first in 2021 and then in June 2022. Goel is highly regarded for his expertise in matters related to Jammu and Kashmir and is believed to have played a pivotal role in planning the surgical strike carried out in Balakot, Pakistan, in February 2019. The surgical strike was a response to the Pulwama terror attack, where a suicide bomber from the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed the lives of 40 personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). On February 26, 2019, the Indian Air Force executed the strike, targeting a JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot.
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