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Ajit Doval appointed as new National Security Adviser

May 31, 2014 11:11 IST

Ajit DovalFormer Intelligence Bureau Chief Ajit Doval was appointed as the National Security Adviser on 30 May 2014. He will assume the office on 31 May 2014.

According to the official order, this appointment of 69-year-old Doval will be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister or till further orders, whichever is earlier. During his tenure, he will provide deep insight about the threats faced by the country from within and from outside.

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Doval is the second key appointment made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he assumed charge of his office. The first appointment was of Nripendra Misra as Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister.

About Ajit Doval

• 1968 – Became IPS Officer of Kerala Cadre
• 1974 – Awarded President Medal, first and only police officer to get the medal within six years of his service.
• 1986 – Propelled Mizo Accord of July 1986 which was signed after 20 years of insurgency. The Accord was signed between Mizo National Front leader Laldenga and Indian government.
• 1988 – In Operation Black Thunder led the team of Intelligence Bureau officials with National Security Guards and Punjab Police against terrorists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar
• First police officer to be awarded Kirti Chakra, highest peacetime gallantry award for his role in Operation Black Thunder
• 1991 – Planned the rescue of Romanian diplomat Liviu Radu who was abducted by Khalistan Liberation Front in 1991
• 1999 - He was the main negotiator of India with the hijackers of the Indian Airlines plane IC-814 taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan  
• 2004-2005 – Served as Intelligence Bureau Chief

About National Security Adviser (NSA)
The National Security Advisor is the chief executive of the National Security Council (NSC). He is the person who acts as the primary advisor to the Prime Minister of India on national and international security. He is the person, to whom the intelligence agencies like the Research and Analysis Wing and Intelligence Bureau reports, rather directly to the Prime Minister.

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Brajesh Mishra was the first National Security Adviser. The other three NSAs were JN Dixit, MK Narayanan and Shivshankar Menon. Prior to the formation of the NSC, these activities were overseen by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

The KC Pant committee on national security was appointed by Vajpayee government. The committee in its recommendation said creation of three National Security Adviser posts in the PMO who will deal with internal security, defence and foreign affairs. However, this suggestion was never implemented by either the Vajpayee government or the subsequent Singh governments.

National Security Council (NSC) of India
The National Security Council (NSC) of India is the apex agency that looks into the country's political, economic, energy and strategic security concerns. It was established on 19 November 1998 by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

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