Proud moment for Punjab police –two officers heading India’s premier agencies
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Once again it’s a proud moment for Punjab, Punjab police that its two officers are now heading India’s premier agencies-RAW and NIA.
Proud moment for Punjab police –two officers heading India’s premier agencies. Punjab cadre IPS officer Samanth Kumar Goel is heading India’s premier intelligence agency-Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and now Dinkar Gupta has been made director general of another premier agency National Investigation Agency (NIA).
NIA is functioning as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency in India, which is now being headed by Punjab cadre 1987 batch IPS officer Dinkar Gupta
R&AW’s current chief is Samant Goel, Punjab cadre 1984 batch IPS officer. The head of R&AW is designated as the Secretary (Research) in the Cabinet Secretariat, and is under the authority of the Prime Minister of India without parliamentary oversight. On an administrative basis, the Director reports to the Cabinet Secretary, who reports to the Prime Minister.
The Research and Analysis Wing is the foreign intelligence agency of India. The agency’s primary function is gathering foreign intelligence, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, advising Indian policymakers, and advancing India’s foreign strategic interests. It is also involved in the security of India’s nuclear programme.
The agency is empowered to deal with the investigation of terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states under written proclamation from the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Agency came into existence with the enactment of the National Investigation Agency Act 2008 by the Parliament of India on 31 December 2008, which was passed after the deadly 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. Such an attack revealed the failure of intelligence and ability to track such activities by existing agencies in India, hence the government of India realized the need of a specific body to deal with terror related activities in India, thereby establishing the NIA.