Foreign Secretary of India
|Foreign Secretary of India|
Emblem of India
|Residence||3, Circular Road, Chanakyapuri|
New Delhi, India
|Appointer||Appointments Committee of the Cabinet|
|Term length||Two years, term can be extended.|
|Inaugural holder||K. P. S. Menon|
|Formation||16 April 1948|
|Salary||₹225,000 (US$3,300) monthly|
|Website||Ministry of External Affairs|
The Foreign Secretary (परराष्ट्र सचिव) is the administrative head of the Ministry of External Affairs and is the top diplomat for foreign relations. This post is generally held by an IFS officer of the rank of Secretary to Government of India. The current Foreign Secretary is Vijay Keshav Gokhale.
Powers, responsibilities and postings
Foreign Secretary is the administrative head of the Ministry of External Affairs, and is the principal adviser to the Minister of External Affairs on all matters of policy and administration within the External Affairs Ministry.
The role of Foreign Secretary is as follows:
- To act as the administrative head of the Ministry of External Affairs. The responsibility in this regard is complete and undivided.
- To act as the chief adviser to the Minister of External Affairs on all aspects of policy and administrative affairs.
- To represent the Ministry of External Affairs before the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament of India.
- To act as the first among equals among the Secretaries in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Emolument, accommodation and perquisites
As the Foreign Secretary is of the rank of Secretary to Government of India.
|Base Salary as per 7th Pay Commission (Per month)||Pay Matrix Level||Sources|
|₹225,000 (US$3,300)||Pay Level 17|||
List of Foreign Secretaries
- Cabinet Secretary of India
- Defence Secretary of India
- Home Secretary of India
- Finance Secretary of India
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