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Menon appointed as new NSA
New Delhi, Jan 21 (Agencies):
Published on 22 Jan. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon was on Thursday appointed as the new National Security Advisor. Former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will be the fourth incumbent, succeeding M.K. Narayanan who has already been designated as the West Bengal Governor. Sources said that Shivshankar Menon might take charge on January 23. The government on Thursday issued orders appointing Shiv Shankar Menon as the next National Security Adviser. Meanwhile, India’s first National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra on Wednesday suggested abolition of the key post he himself held for nearly six years, saying that the person holding it was not accountable to Parliament. “In a Parliamentary democracy, a powerful person like the National Security Adviser (NSA) has no accountability to Parliament,” Mr. Mishra, who was NSA to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee between 1998 and 2004, told PTI here. Mr. Mishra said that even during his tenure he was in favour of bringing the NSA and the National Security Council system under a separate Ministry for National Security which would be answerable to Parliament. “The appointment of NSA was a political decision. It was in the BJP manifesto and was implemented when the NDA came to power,” the former NSA said. Mr. Mishra said that during his tenure he worked under the Principal Secretary so that the authority of the Prime Minister in matters related to the nuclear programme remained supreme.

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