1989 batch Chandigarh cadre IAS Amitabh Jain. Jain, an engineer-turned IAS hailing from Madhya Pradesh and the one who had earlier served as a joint director in directorate general of foreign trade, returned from London in July last year. In foreign service, minister is a rank largely equivalent to a director or a young joint secretary in IAS, and thus, it has no connection with the term "minister" that we have been familiar with.
The applicants for the post of minister (economic) should have prior work-experience in one of the departments such as commerce or agriculture or industry in the state or Central government, and those officers who have ‘outstanding’ service record with a grading of 8 and above, will get a preference. The officer should not be over 54 years of age, said the DoPT letter dated April 1, 2014, which was despatched to Union secretaries and state chief secretaries.
The exposure to international trade and experiences in bilateral or international trade negotiations, are considered desirable qualifications for the post.
The recommended names of the officers must reach DoPT in a month’s time.