National Security Council

News: Amid the Pegasus Controversy, it was reported that the Union Government’s expenditure on the National Security Council secretariat (NSCS) increased ten-fold in 2017-18 to Rs 333 crores from Rs 33 cr. in 2016-17.

Key Points


  • NSC of India is a three-tiered organization that oversees political, economic, energy and security issues of strategic concern. The National Security Advisor (NSA) presides over the NSC, and is also the primary advisor to the prime minister. The current National Security Advisor is Ajit Doval.
  • It was formed in 1999, where all aspects of national security are deliberated upon.
  • NSC comprises the three tier structure- Strategic Policy Group (SPG), the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) and the National Security Council Secretariat. The SPG chaired by the Cabinet Secretary is the principal forum for inter-ministerial coordination and integration of the relevant inputs.
  • The NSAB undertakes long-term analysis and provides perspectives on issues of national security.
  • 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 Ministers of Home Affairs, Defense, External Affairs and Finance are its members.