New Delhi: On Thursday, Vikas Swarup, the Indian diplomat, assumed charge as Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs in the Ministry of External Affairs. He was appointed the MEA post this year in July.
After assuming the charge, Swarup tweeted as, “A new chapter begins. Landed in New Delhi and assumed charge of my new position as Secretary (Consular, Passport, Visa & Overseas Indian Affairs)”.
Swarup previously served as India’s High Commissioner in Canada. He was from the 1986-batch Indian Foreign Service officer and replaced senior diplomat Sanjiv Arora. The ministry in an official statement said , “The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Vikas Swarup IFS (1986), High Commissioner in Ottawa as secretary (CPV & OIA) in the Ministry of External with effect 01, 08 2010”.