Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra gets 16-month extension to serve till April 2024
Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra has been playing a crucial role in the government’s response to several key issues, including the Ukraine crisis and the border standoff with China.
NEW DELHI: Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra was on Monday given a 16-month extension in service by the government. He will continue in the post till April 2024.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) issued the notification regarding the extension for Kwatra, who was set to reach the age of retirement on December 31, 2022. Kwatra had taken over as foreign secretary on May 1 this year.
Monday’s order enables him to serve in the post for two years. The notification said the extension will continue up to April 30, 2024 or “until further orders, whichever is earlier”.
Kwatra, a 1988 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, has been playing a crucial role in the government’s response to several key issues, including the Ukraine crisis and the standoff with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), as well as in preparations for India’s G20 presidency during 2023.