MEA Moves its Men, Post-Haste

The Ministry of External Affairs is taking a final decision on several ambassadorial appointments at a breakneck speed.

Published: 02nd March 2014 08:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2014 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

The Ministry of External Affairs is taking a final decision on several ambassadorial appointments at a breakneck speed leading to eyebrows being raised on why it is being done in such a hurry before the general elections. The prominent IFS officers who will be moving from their present posts are:

Ruchi Ghanshyam (1982): Additional Secretary (West Europe) confirmed for South Africa, in place of Virendra Gupta.

Gautam Bambawale (1984): Joint Secretary (East Asia) will be shifting to Bhutan to replace V P Haran, retiring in July.

Ajay Bisaria (1987): Joint Secretary (Eurasia) will move to Poland, in place of Monika Mohta.

Vikram Doraiswami (1992): Joint Secretary (Americas) is scheduled to move to Uzbekistan.

Renu Pall (1988): Joint Secretary (Multilateral Economic Relations-ASEAN) is slated to be the next Ambassador to Czech Republic.

Dinesh Bhatia (1988): Joint Secretary (Multilateral Economic Relations) likely to be the Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire.

Sanjeev Kohli (1988): Joint Secretary (West Africa) is likely to be posted as Ambassador to Algeria.

Rajesh Kumar Sachdeva (1984): Joint Secretary (Projects) will go to Bulgaria.

Sunil Lall (1982): Ambassador to Spain will go to Brazil in place of Ashok Tomar who will retire in August this year.

Rahul Kulshrestha (1985): Joint Secretary in Department of Atomic Energy will likely move to Turkey to replace Sushmita Gongulee Thomas, who is retiring.

Harsh Jain (1993): Joint Secretary (e-governance and Information Technology) will be moving north to Kazakhstan.

Ashok Sharma (1981): Ambassador to Kazakhstan will be going as an envoy to Finland, in place of A Manickam, whose retirement is due.

Vikram Misri (1989): Private Secretary to PM will be moving to Spain to replace Sunil Lall.

Anil Trigunayat (1989): Ambassador to Libya will takeover from R R Dash in Jordan, who is retiring in May. 

Azar A H Khan: Director at Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture will be the next Ambassador to Libya.

Sangeeta Bahadur (1987): Director of Nehru Centre in London will likely go as the Ambassador to Laos.

Sanjay Panda (1987): Deputy Chief of Mission in Indian embassy in Japan, will be going to Seychelles, which is a strategic country for its location on the Indian ocean.

Shamma Jain: JS at ICWA will be going to Panama, to replace Y Varma who moves to Kenya.

Anumula Gitesh Sarma (1986): Ambassador to Uzbekistan will also go as the high commissioner to Fiji.               


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