The Government of India (GOI) on Tuesday appointed India’s envoy to Russia Pankaj Saran as Deputy National Security Advisor (Dy NSA) for next two years.
According to an order issued by Personnel Ministry, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Saran’s appointment as the deputy NSA for a period of two years, on deputation basis initially till the date of his superannuation, i.e., November 30, 2018, then on re-employment on contract basis.
Pankaj Saran, the serving envoy to Russia, is a 1982 batch officer of Indian Foreign Service (IFS). He was appointed as India’s envoy to Russia in November 2015.
He had held various positions in India and abroad including the country’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh. He also served as the joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office between 2007 and 2012.
Saran will be the deputy of Ajit Doval, the National Security Adviser (NSA).