Ajit Doval reappointed as India’s National Security Advisor for third term

Ajit Doval will continue as India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) for the third term, a government order said Thursday (Jun 13). Additionally, it stated that PK Mishra will continue as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The order made clear that Ajit Doval’s appointment will be co-terminus with the term of PM Narendra Modi or until further orders.

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Ajit Doval, IPS (retired) as National Security Advisor, effective from 10.06.2024. His appointment will be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister or until further orders, whichever is earlier,” the statement said.

Doval’s third term has already begun from June 10, as per media reports. He will be assigned the rank of a cabinet minister, which means that he will directly report to PM Modi.

His appointment comes amidst rising security challenges in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which has witnessed four terror attacks over the past four days. PM Modi earlier today held talks with Ajit Doval and senior security officials and reviewed the security situation in terror-hit areas of the UT.

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