Appointments Committee of the Cabinet Current Affairs - 2019

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Sanjay Kumar Mishra appointed Director of Enforcement Directorate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Senior IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra as full-time Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He will have tenure of two-years from the date of assumption of the charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier. The post of ED director is additional secretary rank post in the Union government.

Mishra is 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of Income Tax cadre. Prior to this appointment he was principal special director in EB appointed in October 2018 and was entrusted with additional charge of ED director for three months. Before ED appointment, he was posted as chief commissioner of Income Tax Department in Delhi.

Enforcement Directorate (ED)

It is economic intelligence and law enforcement agency agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India. It functions under aegis of Department of Revenue, Union Ministry of Finance. Its prime objective is enforcement of two key Acts of Government of India namelyForeign Exchange Management Act 1999 (FEMA) and Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (PMLA) to check money laundering by curbblack money and hawala trade cases. It is composed of officers from the Indian Revenue Service, Indian Police Service and the Indian Administrative Service. It was established in 1956 as ‘Enforcement Unit’ in Department of Economic Affairs. It is headquartered in New Delhi.

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Syed Asif Ibrahim appointed as PM’s Special Envoy for Counter-terrorism

Former Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) Syed Asif Ibrahim was appointed as Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Counter Terrorism and Extremism in National Security Council (NSC) Secretariat.

His appointment was confirmed by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). His rank will be of Secretary to the government for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Syed Asif Ibrahim’s role will be to

  • Help Union government to evolve strategies to deal with radicalisation of youths in India due to rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
  • Liaise security challenges with governments of West Asian countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He will directly report to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit K Doval and will carry out work in the National Security Council (NSC) Secretariat in New Delhi.

About Syed Asif Ibrahim

  • Syed Asif Ibrahim was Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre of 1977 batch.
  • He has served as Director of the Intelligence Bureau from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014 and was the first Muslim to hold this important position.

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