Senior IPS officers Arvind Kumar and Samant Kumar Goel were on Wednesday appointed chiefs of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) respectively.
Samant Kumar Goel will take over as RAW chief.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved their appointments for a fixed two-year tenure, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said.
Kumar will take the reins of the internal intelligence agency from Rajiv Jain, while Goel will succeed Anil K Dhasman at the chief of India’s external spy agency.
Both IPS officers are of the 1984 batch and hold the rank of Director General. Goel is from the Punjab cadre while Kumar is from the Assaam-Meghalaya cadre.
Before his appointment as RAW chief, Goel was heading operations for the agency and was instrumental in planning the February 2019 Balakot air strikes and also the 2016 surgical strikes. He is considered a Pakistan expert in the RAW.
On the other hand, Arvind Kumar has been involved in tackling Naxal extremism at the Intelligence Bureau. He is holding charge as special director Kashmir at the IB.