New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao
on Wednesday got a 7 month extension with the govt deciding to have a tenure of upto 2 years in the key post.
The union cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, approved a proposal to amend the relevant
rules to provide extension in service to the Foreign Secretary
for such period or periods as many be considered necessary in
public interest, subject to the condition that the total term
in the post does not exceed two years.
Rao, who assumed charge as Foreign Secretary on August 1 last year, will remain in the post till July 31 next year.
In the absence of the amendment, Rao would have retired
on superannuation on December 6.
The decision was taken as the government felt the
assignment of Foreign Secretary has "increasingly acquired
critical dimensions from national security and strategic
perspective and the need to ensure continuity and swiftness
in the decision-making process", an official release said.