Government approves Key changes to National Security Council Secretariat

Government approves Key changes to National Security Council Secretariat

The government has implemented key changes in the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), promoting Deputy NSA Rajinder Khanna to Additional NSA and appointing the Special Director of Intelligence Bureau, TV Ravichandran, as Deputy NSA.

According to the official, Mr Khanna's elevation is also aimed at maintaining continuity in the national security framework.

Mr Khanna, a 1978-batch officer of the Research and Analysis Wing Service (RAS), served as the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief from December 2014 to December 2016. Earlier, he was in charge of the operations desk at the agency and is recognized for his expertise in Pakistan and counter-terrorism. Appointed as deputy NSA in January 2018, Mr Khanna previously led the Technology and Intelligence (T&I) section.

 

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While the Special Director Ravichandran in the Intelligence Bureau has been appointed deputy NSA.  Mr Ravichandran, a 1990 batch officer, is currently serving as Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, looking after South India. He was to retire in August 2024.

The other deputy NSA is Pankaj Singh, who was appointed for the post in January 2023 for two years.

The National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, operates with NSA Ajit Doval as its secretary and serves as the apex body for all matters concerning internal and external security.

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