|Should MEA be split into two?|
separate commerce ministry cadre in parallel to IFS, but suggestions from none other than BJP’s potential Prime Ministerial candidate could create further confusion to the on-going row.
While talking at a nationally televised show organised by Network 18, Modi said in clear terms how the art of diplomacy has undergone changes over the years. Now, trade and commerce are the most important ingredients in diplomacy, he said while replying to a question on the need to engineer big-ticket changes in government. He said performance of the MEA could be increased by spiting it into two, one dealing in traditional form of diplomacy and the other in trade and commerce.
He further said that every Indian state should have a partner country, and one officer from each state should be stationed in the Indian mission of that country. He did not spell out who that officer could be, but very logically, it would be an IAS officer from that cadre.
The IFS officers could have ignored the idea of splitting the MEA into two as yet another rhetoric, had it been said by someone else. But Modi does implement what he says. But the question is: will he get a mandate to engineer such massive overhaul in government ministries?
For the IFS, their tiny number (about 750) in comparison to 5000 plus for IAS, is a worry in the fast-changing global order. The government has in-principle agreed to enhance the IFS cadre to about 1,500, but the question remains how long will it take to fill up 750 more posts. Will UPSC hold any special examination for the purpose? Or, will the career diplomats be comfortable if there is any lateral entry into the service, maybe from the other Group A services? What’s your take on the subject? Do give your suggestions on the comment box below, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action and Appointments
a) Sutanu Behuria, a 1976 batch Himachal Pradesh cadre IAS and secretary in the ministry of minority affairs has been appointed as secretary in the department of heavy industry. Behuria will also hold the additional charge of the post of secretary, department of public enterprises from April 13, 2013 to April 24, 2013 during the absence on leave of OP Rawat, a 1977 batch MP cadre IAS.
b) Ravi Mathur, a 1979 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS and secretary of the department of disinvestment, will hold additional charge of the post of secretary, ministry of minority affairs for a period of three months with immediate effect or until further orders.
c) Ameising Luikham, a 1981 batch Manipur-Tripura cadre IAS, has been appointed as secretary in the North Eastern Council, Shillong, in the rank and pay of additional secretary.
d) In partial modification of the earlier order, Ms Rita Menon, will now remain as CMD, ITPO, in the rank and pay of secretary for a period of three years with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post i.e. January 3, 2012