Shyam Saran to get Minister of State rank

Shyam Saran, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s special envoy on climate change, will soon get the rank of Minister of State, a status that was given to Shiv Shankar Menon when he was recently appointed National Security Adviser.

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2010, 20:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Shyam Saran, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh`s special envoy on climate change, will soon
get the rank of Minister of State, a status that was given to
Shiv Shankar Menon when he was recently appointed National
Security Adviser.

An official order is likely to be issued soon, PMO sources
said today.

Saran is a former Foreign Secretary and was three years
senior to Menon in the Foreign Service from which both
retired. Menon retired as Foreign Secretary late last year.

With climate change issue taking a centrestage in the
international arena, the Prime Minister was keen on
redesignating Saran, a 1970 batch IFS officer, to carry
forward country`s climate diplomacy.

Menon`s predecessor M K Narayanan, who is now Governor
of West Bengal, also held the rank of MOS.

-PTI