P Chidambaram for clipping NSAís wings
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Feb 6: Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the National Security Adviser (NSA) should have very few executive responsibilities over internal security which he felt must come under political oversight.
ďBut whether he (NSA) should have executive responsibility, given the pressure of work and time, is I think an open question. My personal view is that he should have very few executive responsibilities as far as internal security is concerned. That should be given to other professional,Ē he said.
Asked whether the role of NSA should be cut down from being an intelligence overlord to the Prime Ministerís adviser, Chidambaram told CNN-IBN that ďLet him take over any of these responsibilities. Although all I said was whoever is doing whatever, it must be under the political oversight. And I happen to be the person providing the political oversight. Therefore everybody accepted thatĒ.
The Home Ministerís comments assume significance in the context of M K Narayanan moving out of his role as NSA to West Bengal as Governor after Chidambaram spoke of restructuring the Home Ministry and creation of a new security architecture.
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