Ajit Doval to head key panel set up to assist National Security Council

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval During the parliament on 19th dec 2017. Express photo by Renuka Puri.

A panel, headed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, has been set up to assist the National Security Council that advises the Prime Minister on matters of national security and strategic interests, officials said on Tuesday. The Strategic Policy Group (SPG) will assist the NSC and undertake, among other tasks, a long-term strategic review of the country’s security affairs.

It will also act as the principal mechanism for inter-ministerial coordination and integration of relevant inputs in the formulation of national security policies, a top Home Ministry official said.

It will be headed by a National Security Advisor. Its members include the NITI Aayog vice chairman, cabinet secretary, the chiefs of the three defense services, the RBI governor, the foreign secretary, the home secretary, the finance secretary, and the defense secretary.

The secretary of the Department of Defence Production and Supplies, the scientific adviser to the defense minister and the secretary, cabinet secretariat will also be members of the panel.

The other members are a secretary, department of revenue; secretary, department of atomic energy; secretary, department of space; director, Intelligence Bureau, and secretary, National Security Council Secretariat.

Representatives of other ministries and departments will be invited to the meetings of the group as and when necessary.

It will assist the National Security Council and undertake among other tasks, a long-term strategic review of the country’s security affairs.

It will be the principal mechanism for inter-ministerial coordination and integration of relevant inputs in the formulation of national security policies.

The NSA will convene the meetings of the SPG and the cabinet secretary will coordinate implementation of the group’s decisions by union ministries and departments, and state governments.

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