New Delhi: The government has appointed IAS officer Senthil Pandian C, a current UP Excise Commissioner as ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva after Brajendra Navnit’s tenure as India’s ambassador to the global trade watchdog ends on March 31, 2024.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Friday approved the appointment of Pandian, a 2002 IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, for three years from the date of assumption of charge. Pandian is currently posted as commissioner, excise in Uttar Pradesh.
His appointment comes at a time when the world is witnessing inflation, high interest rates and geopolitical tensions.
The Indian government has made several key appointments for important diplomatic positions abroad, as reported by the Economic Times. These appointments include the following:
- Senthil Pandian C: He is a 2002-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. Senthil Pandian has been appointed as the Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. His tenure will begin after the current ambassador, Brajendra Navnit, completes his term on March 31, 2024. Senthil Pandian is currently serving as the commissioner of excise in Uttar Pradesh. His appointment is crucial, considering the ongoing challenges of inflation, high interest rates, and geopolitical tensions worldwide.
- Vikas Sheel: A senior bureaucrat and a 1994-batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre, Vikas Sheel has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila. He currently holds the position of Additional Secretary and Mission Director at the Jal Jeevan Mission under the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Vikas Sheel’s term as ED of ADB will last for three years from the date he assumes charge.
- Smita Sarangi: She has been appointed as Adviser to the Executive Director at ADB in Manila, Philippines, for a period of three years from the date of assumption of charge.
- Kalyan Revella: A senior bureaucrat, Kalyan Revella, will serve as Counsellor (Economic) at the Embassy of India in Beijing. His appointment is for a three-year period from the date he assumes charge.
- M Balaji: A 2005-batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, M Balaji, has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India in Brussels.
- Parveen Kumar: A 2004-batch Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officer, Parveen Kumar, will be Adviser to the Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC, USA. He replaces Simanchala Dash for a three-year term.
- Tanu Singh: An officer of the Indian Trade Service (2012 batch), Tanu Singh, has been named as the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Her appointment is for a three-year period.
These appointments aim to strengthen India’s diplomatic presence globally, with a focus on crucial international organizations and missions. The Economic Times reported on these significant changes in the Indian government’s diplomatic lineup.