New Delhi, May 31 (BDNews24): India has appointed Pankaj Saran as its Deputy National Security Advisor (DNSA) to assist Ajit Doval, the National Security Adviser. The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved Saran’s appointment on deputation initially until Nov 30, the date of his superannuation. He will then be re-employed on a contractual basis, Indian media reported citing an order from the Personnel Ministry.
Saran was appointed as Indian ambassador to Russia in January last year. Prior to his deputation in Moscow, he was the Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh from Mar 2012 to Dec 2015.
He had held various positions in India and also served as the joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office between 2007 and 2012.
Saran also worked as the political and commercial counsellor at the Indian mission in Cairo during 1999 and 2002 and as the first secretary (political) in the country’s mission in Washington between 1992 and 1994.
His wife Preeti Saran is secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Ajit Doval, former chief of the Intelligence Bureau, is the National Security Adviser. He is assisted by deputy national security advisers.