Mathur appointed as new IB chief

Mathur appointed as new IB chief

New Delhi: Rajiv Mathur will be the new Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) from 1 January, next year after the present incumbent P.C. Haldar retires after serving a two year tenure.

Mathur, a 1972 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, has served in the Intelligence Bureau for nearly three decades and held several sensitive postings.

“The name of Mathur, at present Special Director in the IB, was cleared by the Appointments’ Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," official sources said.

“The 59-year-old Mathur will be holding the post for two years or until fresh orders from the Government," the sources said.

Considered as an expert hand in dealing with Northeast insurgency, Mathur’s appointment comes at a time when intelligence agencies in the country have come under sharp criticism for its repeated failures to stop the terror strikes from across the border.

He is expected to streamline the reforms in the country’s intelligence machinery to meet the challenges due to the changed tactics of elements inimical to the country.

Mathur will take over from Haldar, a 1970 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, after completing his two years as head of the Intelligence Bureau on 31 December.

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