New Delhi: “Two states” is the current buzzword in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
The MEA now wants senior officers to familiarise themselves with two states to improve coordination and bring in business. IFS officers often considered disconnected from the ground have been told to become incharge of two states to develop networks, improve coordination and bring business. This is an offshoot of Narendra Modi Government’s pet theme of “cooperative federalism” with the message drilled into the MEA that its work with states will be an important parameter of its efficiency. The process began with Ambassadors, but has now been expanded to senior Joint Secretaries in the headquarters too. It began last year, when a new position of Joint Secretary (states) was created in October, which has been given to 1992 batch IFS officer Gopal Baglay, following the completion of his tenure as the Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad. “There was a feeling that IFS officers had perhaps got disconnected from contemporary India, especially the India outside Delhi, as they had remained abroad for long stints at a time,” said an MEA official.
The circular had gone out to the heads of missions a week before their annual conference in February that they had to list their preferences regarding which states and administrations they wanted to familiarise themselves with and work intimately. This was further reinforced during the five-day marathon conference, with sessions with Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh Chief Ministers and representatives of NorthEast states.
In fact, Prime Minister Modi brought it up in his inaugural speech. “The PM said that all officers belong to one state or another. At least, they should be good ambassadors for their own home states,” said an official who attended the conference. At the mission level, the implementaion of the ‘two states’ concept has already started. For example, the Indian embassy in Thailand had on Friday hosted a “celebrate Assam” event, which was sponsored by the state government.
Earlier, a 16-member farmers’ delegation from Assam had visited Thailand on the government’s programme. But, beyond missions, even officers posted in the headquarters had been asked to list their preferences for two states.
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