Mr Saran is currently India's Ambassador to Russia.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Mr 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, an order issued by Personnel Ministry said.
Former chief of the Intelligence Bureau, Ajit Doval is the National Security Adviser.
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