In a massive newsbreak, current National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has been reappointed and will continue in his position as the NSA of India. Furthermore, Doval has been upgraded to cabinet rank in the Modi Cabinet 2.0 along with the extension.
Doval was appointed as India's fifth National Security Advisor (NSA) on May 30, 2014, in the first Modi government. Widely credited for the doctrinal shift in Indian national security policy in relation to Pakistan, especially in terms of the 2016 Surgical Strikes and 2019 Balakot Airstrike, Doval is also the Chairman of the Strategic Policy Group (SPG), which is the first tier of a three-tier structure at the National Security Council and forms the nucleus of its decision-making apparatus. He was appointed to the position in October 2018.
One of the country's top bureaucrats, Doval is one of the only officers to have two offices in the central secretariat - in North Block and in South Block - given the sensitivity of his role.
Doval, a highly decorated IPS officer of Kerala Cadre, retired as Director Intelligence Bureau in 2005 and is popular for his many interesting and daring stories during his stint with the internal intelligence agency.
Before that, in 1988, Doval was bestowed with one of the highest gallantry awards, the Kirti Chakra, becoming the first police officer to receive a medal previously given only as a military honour. He was the youngest police officer ever to get the Police Medal for meritorious service, which he got after six years in the police, even as the norm is at least 17 years' service.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath to office on May 30, along with 57 other ministers in the Cabinet. The Cabinet portfolios were announced on May 31, with Amit Shah appointed as the Home Minister, along with Rajnath Singh being given the Defence Ministry in the Modi government 2.0.