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The transition: Home Secretary briefs Narendra Modi on security

J&K, N-E, Naxal areas discussed; NSA hopeful ex-IB chief Doval also meets PM-designate.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 20, 2014 9:55:12 am

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi began his familiarisation exercise on Monday, meeting bureaucrats at the Home Ministry to understand external and internal security scenarios.

Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami in the evening briefed Modi on the law and order situation of the country. It was the Union Home Ministry under the UPA government that was supposed to set up a commission to probe the alleged snooping on a woman architect in Gujarat.

Goswami is also learnt to have briefed him on the security situation, including in Jammu and Kashmir, Northeast and Naxal-affected areas. For the past eight months, the UPA -II government kept the position of Special Secretary (internal security) vacant, which led to discontent in the internal security division.

During the half-an-hour meeting, Modi is also understood to have given details about the steps being taken to check activities of terror outfits and infiltration and action plan to deal with the Maoist menace. The meeting has been described as a familiarisation exercise by the Home Ministry.

The Union Home secretary also briefed Modi about the process of division of Andhra Pradesh.

Modi also met former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Ajit Doval, who is said to have briefed him on the present security threats and challenges. Doval is also in the reckoning for a key portfolio as his name has been doing rounds for the top post of National Security Advisor (NSA).

The former IB chief has not been seen at any public platform since long, which had led to the speculation that he may be considered for the top job. Doval, however, had maintained he has not been approached by the BJP.

Speaking with The Indian Express over phone, the former IB chief on being asked about his meeting with Modi said, “He wanted to know about the overall internal and external security scenarios.”

While there is no final word on the selection of any former bureaucrats for the post of NSA, deputy NSA or other vacancies, India’s permanent representative at the UN Hardeep Puri is also rumoured to be in the reckoning for a key post.

Sources, however, also said that there can be last minute surprise as some other names which are doing the rounds include former Cabinet secretary Kamal Pande and former Naga interlocutor R S Pandey, who resigned to join the BJP.

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