Monday, August 06, 2018

Heartening to hear IAS officers making mark in IFS positions: IAS Association reacts to a Khaleej Times report on IAS Dinesh Kumar as a diplomat

Dinesh Kumar, 2004 batch IAS

IAS Association on Sunday tweeted saying how heartening it is to “hear about IAS officers making the mark in positions which have normally been the domain of IFS officers”, adding further: “Proud of you Dinesh”. The Association has also attached a news clipping of Khaleej Times, a newspaper published from the Gulf where 2004 batch Nagaland cadre IAS officer, Dinesh Kumar — the first secretary for community affairs at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi — was profiled and praised. The headline of the news reads:
“Ready for next mission after serving UAE NRIs”. Kumar has served in UAE for the last three years, also acting as in-charge of the economic and commerce wing of the embassy, apart from heading the community affairs wing. 
The post of first secretary, community affairs, in Indian embassy in UAE, is significant because that Gulf country houses the highest numbers of expat population. Talking to the newspaper, the officer said how it was “tremendously satisfying” to help overseas Indians in distress and solve their grievances. 
Usually, such a diplomat's post is reserved for an Indian Foreign Service officer, something that has prompted the IAS Association to tweet. Usually, the posts are unofficially earmarked as “IAS posts” or “IFS posts”, and hence, any aberration from the usual practice is noticed in the corridors. 
Originally belonging to Rajasthan, Kumar is an MSc in mathematics and MA in history. He was serving as the deputy secretary in the ministry of shipping before getting posted in Indian embassy in UAE in 2015. Earlier in the state, he was the sub-divisional officer of Phek district, additional deputy commissioner in Kohima and then the deputy commissioner in Mon district. He also served as tax commissioner in Dimapur.

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