Intelligence Bureau chief Tapan Kumar Deka

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday announced a one-year extension for Intelligence Bureau director Tapan Kumar Deka until June 30, 2025. This comes close on the heels of national security adviser Ajit Doval’s reappointment as the national security adviser for a period co-terminus with that of the Narendra Modi govt.
The continuity in the higher echelons of the central security establishment under Modi govt 3.0 is being seen as crucial to the regime’s keenness to move further on key priorities like countering terrorism in J&K that now has the Jammu region on target, holding J&K assembly polls peacefully, pushing back Maoists further in Left-wing-extremism-hit pockets, initiating talks with different communities in Manipur to end the ethnic strife, reaching a settlement with Nagas and tackling pro-Khalistan elements in Punjab.
Deka, a 1988 batch IPS officer belonging to Himachal Pradesh cadre, was appointed its director in June 2022. He has served in different security theatres, including LWE-hit areas, through his career in the premier central intelligence agency, and was instrumental in the strategy to defang Indian Mujahideen.
The Centre on Monday also gave a year’s extension to secretary general of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Bharat Lal.