QUESTION: National security is of paramount importance for any nation. Discuss about the organizational structure of National Security Council (NSC) in India. (4 marks/ 60 words)
The National Security Council (NSC) of India is a three-tiered organization that oversees political, economic, energy and security issues of strategic concern. It is formed in 1998.
It operates within the executive office of the prime minister of India, liaising between the government’s executive branch and the intelligence services, advising leadership on intelligence and security issues.
The Strategic Policy Group (SPG) is the first level of the three-tier structure of the National Security Council. It forms the nucleus of the decision-making apparatus of the NSC.
The National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) consists of a group of eminent national security experts outside of the government.
The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the Government of India analyses intelligence data from the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing and the Directorates of Military,Naval and Air Intelligence and thus analyses both domestic and foreign intelligence. The JIC has its own Secretariat that works under the Cabinet Secretariat.
The current National Security Advisor is Ajit Doval.
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