Indian Foreign Service will help achieve our National Goals for 2047: EAM Jaishankar on IFS Day

NEW DELHI : On the occasion of Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Day 2022, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar said that the public service will be progressively more successful in the coming years and help to advance the interests of India in the world.

IFS Day is celebrated on October 9 every year.

“Convinced that IFS will grow more and more in the years to come. It will reflect a new and confident India, even as it contributes to our national goals for 2047,” the confident foreign minister said in the statement. public service.

“Greetings to members of the Indian Foreign Service on #IFS Day 2022. In a rapidly changing world, they strive every day to advance India’s interests, expand our footprint and improve our position,” Jaishankar tweeted.

“The splendid manner in which he met the challenges of Operation Ganga has been recognized by the entire nation,” he said. Operation Ganga was an evacuation operation carried out by the Indian government to evacuate Indian citizens amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, who had passed through neighboring countries.

What is Indian Foreign Service Day?

On October 9, 1946, the Government of India established the Indian Foreign Service for the diplomatic, consular and commercial representation of India abroad. With independence there was an almost complete transition from the Department of Foreign and Political Affairs to what then became the new Department of External Affairs.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA), the origin of the Indian Foreign Service can be traced back to British rule when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was established to do business with the “European foreign powers”.

Known thereafter as the “Indian Department of Foreign Affairs”, it continued to expand diplomatic representation, wherever necessary, to protect British interests, the MEA said.

In September 1946, on the eve of India’s independence, the Indian government decided to establish a service called Indian Foreign Service for the diplomatic, consular and commercial representation of India abroad.

In 1947 there was an almost seamless transformation of the Foreign and Political Department of the Government of British India into what later became the new Department of External Affairs and Commonwealth Relations and in 1948 the first group recruited under the Union’s Combined Civil Service Examination System. The Civil Service Commission joined the service.

This entry system has remained the basic mode of entry into IFS to this day.

Ambassador, High Commissioner, Consul General, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and Foreign Secretary are some of the positions held by members of the Indian Foreign Service.

As a career diplomat, the Foreign Service Officer is required to project India’s interests both at home and abroad on a wide variety of issues. These include bilateral political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison, and a host of multilateral issues.

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