Rajiv Jain to be new Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief; Anil Dharmasena to head RAW


Jharkhand cadre IPS officer Rajiv Jain is the new chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB). Jain, who is at present serving as the Special Director in the IB, will take over on 1 January after the incumbent Dineshwar Sharma completes his two-year tenure on 31 December. On the other hand, Anil Dhasmana will head external intelligence agency RAW. Both will have a tenure of two years.

As the new IB chief, Jharkhand-cadre 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.

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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. He was briefly posted in Jammu and Kashmir as deputy director, IB and is fondly remembered for his professional attitude. In 1999 Jain was awarded the prestigious Police and President medal.

Rajiv always wanted to be an IAS officer. After completing his seecdory school, he made a cut to Hindu college from where he his B.A. (Hons.). Later, he completed M. Phil in History from the same  college.

In a candid interview with Rajiv’s father, he said that Rajiv has been an achiever since his school time. While in his school, a mock parliament session was held in his school, St. Peters in Ghaziabad, where Rajiv was chosen as the prime minister.