The Centre announced on Saturday new chiefs for security and intelligence agencies R&AW and CBI. Both the officers will have a tenure of two years.
Anil Dhasmana, a 1981-batch IPS officer of MP Cadre has been named the new RAW chief while Rajiv Jain, a 1980-batch IPS officer of Jharkhand cadre has been given charge to head the Intelligence Bureau.
The high-level appointments are crucial considering the urgent need for high-grade intelligence.
Anil Dhasmana succeeds Rajinder Khanna who completes his tenure this year end. Dhasmana has been with RAW for the last 23 years during which he has served on important desks including Pakistan.
Rajiv Jain, who is at present serving as the Special Director in the IB, will take over on January 1 after the incumbent Dineshwar Sharma completes his two-year tenure on December 31.
A recipient of President's Police Medal, the 1980-batch officer has served in various departments of the IB including the sensitive Kashmir desk. He was advisor to the previous NDA government's interlocutor on Kashmir KC Pant when talks were held with separatist leaders like Shabbir Shah.
Given the security situation in India after recent attacks by suspected Pakistani terrorists on army installations in Jammu and Kashmir and the subsequent retaliatory strike across the LoC, the position of director intelligence bureau (DIB) and secretary R&AW assume that much more importance.
(With inputs from agencies)