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New R&AW chief is first
to be trained in Israel

Sheela Bhatt in Mumbai | April 02, 2003 12:06 IST

C D Sahay,who took over as the fifteenth chief of the Researchand Analysis Wing of the Cabinet secretariat, India's external intelligence agency, on Monday is the first R&AW chief to have undergone trainingwith Israeli intelligencein addition to training in the United Kingdom.

Previous R&AW chiefs have had the benefit oftraining courses in the UK or the United States or both, but not in Israel.

Like his predecessors, Sahay will be designated secretary (R) in the Cabinet secretariat.

He will work under Brajesh Mishra,principal secretary to the prime minister, but his administrative boss will be the Cabinet secretary.

Sahay is the thirteenth officer of the Indian Police Servicetobe appointed R&AW chief since the organisation was created in 1968.The agency has had one boss each from the Indian Frontier Administration Serviceand the Indian Postal Service as well.

Of R&AW's 15 chiefs,six, including Sahay, were experts on Pakistan before they came to head the organisation. Two others were experts on China. Only twocame into office with expertise in the collection of technicalintelligence.

According to sources, R&AW's present set-updoes not have anyrecognised senior expert on China.In the last 10 years, there has been a gradual dilution of China-relatedexpertise in R&AW.

Monday also saw the setting up of a new technicalintelligence organisationon the recommendation of the SpecialTask Forceformed in May 2000 to look into revamping of theintelligence apparatus after the Kargil conflict. The task force was headed by Governor Girish Chandra Saxena of Jammu and Kashmir, himself a former R&AW chief.

The neworganisation will also be part of the Cabinetsecretariat. R S 'Billy'Bedi, a R&AW officer with a militarybackground, who was senior to Sahay in the Research & Analysis Service,has been named the first head of this organisation.

It will cater to the technical intelligence requirements of all agencies of theGovernment of India.Butthe Intelligence Bureau,R&AW, and the intelligencedirectorates generalof the armed forces willretain their own capabilities in this area.

The Directorate General of Security, of which the Aviation ResearchCentreis a part, willcontinue to function under the supervisionof the secretary (R).

Last week, Amar Bhushan, an IPS officer ofthe R&AW, wasnamedhead of the DGSwith the rankof special secretary. He replacedBedi in that post.

The name of the new technical intelligence agency is the NationalTechnical Facilities Organisation.

With this, the Indian intelligence community consists of the followingagencies: the Intelligence Bureauunder the home ministry;theR&AW,DGS andNTFOunder the Cabinet secretariat; theDefence Intelligence Agencyunder the defence ministry;the directorates general of intelligence of the army,airforce andnavy; and the directorate general of revenue intelligence under the finance ministry.

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