Foreign Secy S. Jaishankar, Economic Secy Shaktikanta Das get extensions
For the first time, a foreign secretary has been granted extension in their term of office
In an unprecedented move, Foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has been granted one-year extension after his two-year tenure ends on January 28. Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das has also been granted an extension but of three months.
Jaishankar, a 1977-batch IFS officer, served in Singapore, China and the US before he became foreign secretary and was instrumental in closing the India-US nuclear agreement. He has led India’s push for NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) membership in spite of Chinese objections.
Jaishankar enjoys the confidence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, national security adviser Ajit Doval and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. He is on the same page as Doval on India’s policy vis-à-vis Pakistan.
Notably, he is the first such foreign secretary who has been granted an extension beyond the fixed tenure of two years.
Shaktikanta Das, IAS officer of 1980 batch gets three months extension as Economic Affairs Secretary beyond March 31, 2017. Das had taken over as Economic Affairs Secretary on August 29, 2015.