Foreign Secretary of India
|Foreign Secretary of India
Emblem of India
|Ministry of External Affairs|
|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|
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The Foreign Secretary (IAST: Videśa Saciva) is the top diplomat of India and administrative head of the Ministry of External Affairs. 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.
- Recommends postings of officers under the Ministry of External Affairs of the rank of secretary, additional secretary and joint secretary to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
- To act as the first among equals among the Secretaries in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Emolument, accommodation and perquisites
|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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