Samant Kumar Goel appointed as Director of the RAW

Published on June 28, 2019
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the appointment of senior IPS officer Samant Kumar Goel as Director of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), external intelligence of India.

Samant Kumar Goel appointed as Director of the RAW

About Samant Kumar Goel:

  • He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre.
  • He is at present the Special Secretary in RAW.
  • He had joined the RAW in 2001 and possesses rich experience in intelligence and operations.
  • He is instrumental in planning the Balakot air strike after the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir and surgical strikes in Uri.
  • He is the recipient of Police Medals for Gallantry and Meritorious Service.

About RAW:

  • It is the primary foreign intelligence agency of India.
  • It was established in 1968.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • It is under the direct command of the Prime Minister and reports on an administrative basis to the Cabinet Secretary of India, who in turn reports to the Prime Minister.
  • Its functions are to gather foreign intelligence, engage in counter-terrorism, promote counter-proliferation, advise Indian policymakers and advance foreign strategic interests of India.

Question:

Q. Who has been appointed as the Director of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)?
a. Samant Kumar Goel
b. Anurag Kumar Goel
c. Samarth Kumar Goel
d. Ajit Kumar Goel

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