Samant Kumar Goel’s contract as secretary of the intelligence agency’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was extended by the Centre on June 24 by another year. Goel is an IPS officer from the Punjab cadre class of 1984 and will hold the position of agency secretary through June 30, 2023. In June 2019, Samant Kumar Goel succeeded Anil Dhasmana as the Chief of RAW.
About the RAW:
The RAW is an external intelligence organisation that monitors dangers from abroad. RAW collects secret information about the activities of neighbouring countries. RAW has been placed directly under the Indian Prime Minister’s office. RAW has its own service cadre known as the Research and Analysis Service (RAS).
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- RAW Formed: 21 September 1968;
- RAW Headquarters: New Delhi;
- RAW Founders: R. N. Kao & Indira Gandhi.