Concept: National Security Council
Topic: Challenges to internal security
Related News: Hindu, Mar 16
CNA mentions: (Mar 16)
National Security Council
The National Security Council of India or the NSC is the apex security agency of the country looking into the political, energy, economic and strategic security concerns. It was formed by GOI on 19th November 1998. Brajesh Mishra served as the country’s first National Security Advisor (NSA). Before the establishment of the NSC, these functions were performed by the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary. The members of the NSC include the NSA, the DNSA or Deputy National Security Advisor, the Defence Minister, the Home Minister, the External Affairs minister, the Finance Minister and NITI Aayog’s Deputy Chairman. Additional members can be invited to participate in the monthly meetings of the NSC whenever necessary. Of the three tiered structure of the national security management system in India,National Security Council is the apex body.National Security Advisory Board and the Strategic Policy Group are the other two tiers.