FS post to have 2-year tenure, Nirupama to get extension



New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is poised to get an extension with the Government deciding to give a two-year tenure for the country's top diplomatic post, like the Home Secretary, Cabinet Secretary and Intelligence chiefs.

The Government, in principle, has decided to give a minimum two-year tenure for the Foreign Secretary to be in line with those top officials who deal with security issues, official sources said today.

Rao, who was to retire in early December this year, will now get an extension of seven months till July end next year. She succeeded Shivshanker Menon, who became National Security Adviser.

Born on December 6, 1950, Rao became the Foreign Secretary on August One, 2009--the second woman to head the elite Indian Foreign Service(IFS).

A topper of the 1973 IFS batch, Rao became the first woman spokesperson of the External Affairs ministry in 2001.

In her 37-year career so far, she has served as Ambassador in Peru, Sri Lanka and China and Deputy Chief of mission in Moscow.

PTI