Sujatha Singh to be India’s next Foreign Secretary
She will be the third woman to head the services after Chokila Iyer and Nirupama Rao
Sujatha Singh (59), currently envoy to Germany, will be India’s next Foreign Secretary following an approval of her appointment by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Ms Singh, a 1976 batch IFS officer, was a close contender for the top job along with India’s Ambassador to China, S Jaishankar, who is a batch junior to her.
Due to retire in July next year, Ms Singh will now have a two year extension and will succeed Ranjan Mathai who is set to retire on July 31.
Ms Singh, who will be the third woman to head the services after Chokila Iyer and Nirupama Rao, is the daughter of T V Rajeshwar, the former Intelligence Bureau Chief known to be close to the top brass of the Congress.
Ms Singh is the wife of former Secretary (East) Sanjay Singh, who retired in April this year.
Though Sujata Singh has not done any diplomatic stint in India’s neighbourhood, she was undersecretary looking after Nepal from 1982-1985 before her postings in Europe including Italy and France.