Ajit Doval reappointed as NSA, gets cabinet rank

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Ajit Doval has been re-appointed as the National Security Adviser (NSA) for five more years. He has also been given a Cabinet rank in the government in recognition of his contribution to the national security domain.

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Ajit Doval as NSA with effect from May 31, 2019,” a government order said.

Doval, who served as the NSA in the first tenure of the Narendra Modi government, had held the rank of Minister of State.

A 1968-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer was a former Intelligence Bureau chief. He has been widely hailed for his contribution to the national security domain during his last five-year tenure. 

According to the officials, Doval had played a key role during the Balakot air strike after the Pulwama terror attack and 2016 surgical strikes after the Uri strike.