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Ajit Doval to continue as NSA, elevated to Cabinet rank

New Delhi: Ajit Doval has been appointed as the National Security Adviser (NSA) for a second consecutive term and elevated to the rank of Union Cabinet Minister, according to a Personnel Ministry order.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment for a five-year period with effect from May 31, 2019 and it will be co-terminus with the term of the prime minister, it said.

"During the term of his office, he will be assigned the rank of Cabinet Minister," the order said.

Doval was in May 2014 appointed as the fifth NSA in the rank of Minister of State. He is the first National Security Adviser to get a second term.

Doval has been widely hailed for his contribution in the national security domain during his last five-year tenure. He had played a key role during the Balakot air strike after the Pulwama terror attack and the cross-border surgical strike, officials said. See P5

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