Ajit Doval to continue as NSA, upgraded from Minister of State to Cabinet rank

The government has made the decision recognising the contribution made by him over the last five years.

Ajit Doval to continue as NSA, upgraded from Minister of State to Cabinet rank

Ajit Doval will continue as India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) in the second term of the Narendra Modi government. The government has also upgraded him from Minister of State (MoS) rank to a Cabinet position in view of his contribution over the last five years in the security of the country. His appointment will be for five years.

According to a Personnel Ministry order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment with effect from May 31, 2019. His appointment will be co-terminus with the term of the prime minister. "During the term of his office, he will be assigned the rank of Cabinet Minister," the order said.

Doval was appointed as the NSA in May 2014 in the rank of Minister of State. He was considered to be a close confidant in the first term of PM Modi. 

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Two important anti-terror operations in the Modi government were conducted under Doval's watch. These included the surgical strikes on Pakistan conducted by the Indian Army in 2016 in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack, and airstrikes in Pakistan in 2018 by the Indian Air Force (IAF) after the Pulwama terror attack.

Doval also played a crucial role in solving the Doklam stand off between India and China, which almost created a war-like situation on the country`s northeast border.