National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has been reappointed to the post in the Prime Minister’s office and has also been a given Cabinet rank in the second term of the NDA government.
A government order issued on Monday stated: “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Ajit Doval, IPS (Retired) as National Security Adviser with effect from 31.05.2019. His appointment will be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister or until further orders, whichever is earlier.” The brief order further said, “During the term of his office, he will be assigned the rank of Cabinet Minister in the Table of Precedence.”
Ajit Doval was appointed as India’s fifth National Security Advisor when Prime Minister Narendra Modi formed his government in 2014.
Notably, Doval, who’s an IPS officer from 1968 batch of Kerala cadre, was the first police officer to be awarded with second-highest peacetime gallantry award for his role in Operation Black Thunder II, which was exercised to deal with militants in Golden Temple in 1988. Doval has also been instrumental in various important Indian operations over the years. Most recently, he played a crucial role in ensuring the safe return of 46 Indian nurses who were trapped in a hospital in Iraq.