Foreign Secretary (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$3,400) monthly|
|Website||Ministry of External Affairs|
The Foreign Secretary (Videsh Sachiv) 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 External Affairs Minister 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 External Affairs Minister 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, his/her salary is equivalent to Chief Secretaries of State Governments and to Vice Chief of Army Staff/Commanders, in the rank of Lieutenant General and equivalent ranks in Indian Armed Forces.
|Base Salary as per 7th Pay Commission (Per month)||Pay Matrix Level||Sources|
|₹225,000 (US$3,400)||Pay Level 17|||
List of Foreign Secretaries
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- "BJP defends move to replace foreign secretary, says no political motive". Hindustan Times. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "Order of Precedence" (PDF). Rajya Sabha. President's Secretariat. July 26, 1979. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
- "Table of Precedence" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. President's Secretariat. July 26, 1979. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
- "Table of Precedence". Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. President's Secretariat. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
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- "Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure - 14th Edition (2015)" (PDF). Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension. p. 6. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- Laxmikanth, M. (2014). Governance in India (2nd Edition). Noida: McGraw Hill Education. pp. 3.1–3.10. ISBN 978-9339204785.
- "Army Pay Rules, 2017" (PDF). Ministry of Defence, Government of India. May 3, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
- Nirupama Rao is India's new foreign secretary The Times of India, 1 August 2009."Chokila Iyer was first woman, Indian Foreign Secretary in 2001."
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