IB and R&AW num­ber twos to head in­tel­li­gence agen­cies

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ra­jesh Ahuja let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

The govern­ment el­e­vated the deputies at the coun­try’s top spy agen­cies — the In­tel­li­gence Bureau (IB) and Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing (R&AW) — on Satur­day. As the new IB chief, Jharkhand­cadre IPS of­fi­cer Ra­jiv Jain will sharpen fo­cus on co­or­di­nat­ing the govern­ment’s fi­nan­cial sur­veil­lance pro­gramme af­ter the de­mon­eti­sa­tion move. He is now the se­nior-most special direc­tor at the do­mes­tic in­tel­li­gence agency.

Anil Ku­mar Dhas­mana, who joined the R&AW in 1993 from his par­ent cadre Mad­hya Pradesh, has worked ex­ten­sively with the ex­ter­nal in­tel­li­gence agency’s Pak­istan desk.

Jain and Dhas­mana will have a fixed ten­ure of two years each.

Dhas­mana, a 1981-batch IPS of­fi­cer, was made the agency’s points­man by Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Ajit Do­val for in­tra- com­mit­tee meet­ings over the past sev­eral months. He is now deputy to Ra­jin­der Khanna, the agency’s chief, who re­tires on Jan­uary 1. Cur­rent IB chief Di­nesh­war Sharma too re­tires the same day.

Jain, a 1980-batch of­fi­cer, joined the IB in 1989 as as­sis­tant direc­tor and later be­came a “hard­core”, a moniker used for of­fi­cers per­ma­nently drafted into the agency.

Jain has han­dled as­sign­ments as chief of Sub­sidiary In­tel­li­gence Bureau (SIB) — the name given to units in state cap­i­tals.

Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Sal­man Khan was on Satur­day ap­pointed as a brand am­bas­sador for the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (BMC) cam­paign against open defecation in Mum­bai.

Khan met civic chief Ajoy Mehta and Yuva Sena chief Aa­ditya Thack­eray, and do­nated five mo­bile toi­lets, each with six seats, to the BMC. Mehta and Khan urged cit­i­zens to par­tic­i­pate in the cam­paign and use toi­lets in­stead of defe­cat­ing in the open.

Khan said, “It [open de­fec­tion] is not at all cool.”

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