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Vikas Swarup is appointed as the Secretary West in Ministry of External Affairs

Vikas Swarup is appointed as the Secretary West in Ministry of External Affairs

The government on 11th December 2019 appointed senior diplomat Vikas Swarup as Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs. Mr. Swarup is a 1986 cadre IFS officer, served till November as the High Commissioner to Canada.

Key Points:

  • The post of the Secretary (West) had fallen vacant after the previous official A. Gitesh Sarma was appointed as the High Commissioner to Australia in October. 
  • Secretary in-charge of economic relations T.S. Tirumurti was holding the additional charge of Secretary (West) since the transfer of Mr Sarma.
  • Mr Swarup is also a well-known author and was the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs from April 2015 to February 2017. 

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