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Pankaj Saran Appointed as Deputy National Security Advisor

Published on May 31, 2018
Pankaj Saran's appointment has been appointed as the deputy of National Security Advisor for a period of two years.  Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment replacing Rajinder Khanna.

About Saran

Pankaj is a 1982-Batch Indian Foreign Service officer who is presently serving as India's ambassador to Russia since 2015. He had once served as country's High Commissioner to Bangladesh and twice in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) as Deputy Secretary/ Director. He will serve Ajit Doval.

Who is a National Security Advisor?

The National Security Adviser is the chief executive of the National Security Council (NSC), and the primary adviser to the Prime Minister of India on national and international security.


  • Advising the Prime Minister on all matters relating to internal and external threats to the country, and oversees strategic issues. 
  • Serving as the Prime Minister's Special Interlocutor on border issues 
  • Receiving all intelligence reports and co-ordinates them to present before the Prime Minister. 


Who among the following is currently serving as the National Security Advisor of India?
a. Rishi Karthik
b. Priyank Desai
c. Amit Kumar
d. Ajit Doval
e. Mohan Kushwaha

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