National Security Council

National Security Council

The National Security Council Secretariat, which reports to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, has been brought into the government’s Allocation of Business (AOB) rules, thus granting it constitutional recognition and legal authority. 
 
  • The amendment to government’s rules of business also gives an official description to the role of National Security Advisor as “the principal advisor on national security matters to the prime minister”.
  • It also makes it clear that the NSCS will be the secretariat for the PM-led National Security Council (NSC).
  • This move also mainstreams the NSCS and gives it the authority to service the NSC, SPG and even the DPG. It can now generate cabinet notes, access relevant cabinet proposals and partake in interministerial deliberations just like any other government department. Until now, the Cabinet Secretary would have to send out periodic reminders to various ministries to route relevant notes through the NSCS for comments.
  • The NSCS was formed two decades ago, as an outcome of the elaborate post-Kargil review. It was formed to assist the then newly created NSA’s post and was housed within the cabinet secretariat. In 2002, it was brought under the PMO.
  • The Strategic Policy Group (SPG) was created under the cabinet secretary with the NSA as the member. This was changed in 2018 when Doval was made head of a reconstituted SPG and the NSCS was tasked to service it. Questions were raised on the legal sanctity of the body as both the NSA and NSCS, unlike the cabinet secretary and the cabinet secretariat, were not identified and made part of the government’s rules of business.

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