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R N Ravi appointed Deputy National Security Advisor

Published on October 06, 2018
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has redesignated R N Ravi, Chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee as the Deputy National Security Advisor (Internal Affairs).
R N Ravi appointed Deputy National Security Advisor
  • He will be the third deputy NSA to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval after former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief, Rajinder Khanna and serving diplomat Pankaj Saran.

About R N Ravi:

  • Ravi is a 1976-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Kerala cadre.
  • He is also the government's interlocutor for ongoing talks with Naga insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) and the man shaping the Naga peace accord.
  • He has played a vital role in ensuring that insurgency groups from North East come to the talking table.

Three-tier Internal Security Structure:

  • At present, India has a three-tier internal security structure which includes National Security Council (NSC), headed by the Prime Minister, Strategic Policy Group (SPG) and a National Security Advisory Board (NSAB).
  • PM-headed NSC is an apex body and the National Security Advisor (NSA) works as its secretary.
  • The SPG is headed by the Cabinet Secretary and it has Chiefs of Armed Forces, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and RAW as its members.
  • It is responsible for policy-making and for follow up action in matters of national security.
  • The NSAB does long term analysis and provides perspectives on issues of national security.

About the National Security Advisor (NSA):

  • NSA is the chief executive of National Security Council (NSC) and primary advisor tob the Prime Minister on national and international security and oversees strategic issues. 
  • It is NSA to whom intelligence agencies such as Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) report, rather than directly to the Prime Minister.
  • Due to such vested powers, NSA is a prominent and powerful office in the bureaucracy.
  • NSA is assisted by a Deputy NSA. 
  • The post was created in November 1998 by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government.
  • Brajesh Mishra was the first to be appointed as NSA of India. 
  • Since the inception of the post, all NSAs appointed belong to Indian Foreign Service (IFS) except M K Narayanan and incumbent, Ajit Doval, who belong to Indian Police Service.


Q. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has redesignated whom as the Deputy National Security Advisor (Internal Affairs)?
a. R N Ravi
b. P N Ravi
c. T N Ravi
d. None of the above
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