New Delhi, Jan 24, 2017: Foreign secretary S Jaishankar on Monday has been given an unprecedented one-year extension, days before his two-year tenure was scheduled to end on January 28.
He is seen as one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest advisers on foreign policy.
An order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said that “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal for extension in service of Dr S Jaishankar (IFS: 1977), Foreign Secretary for a further period of one year, with effect from January 29, 2017, to January 28, 2018.”
Jaishankar enjoys the confidence of PM Narendra Modi, national security adviser Ajit Doval and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
This is the first time that a foreign secretary has been granted an extension beyond the fixed tenure of two years. He is also the first foreign secretary since the post became a fixed two-year term position in 2009.
Meanwhile, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, who was also retiring on February 28, has also been given an extension for another three months.