Devyani likely to head MEA’s overseas projects department

Devyani returned to India about 10 days ago after being at the centre of an India-US diplomatic spat.

New Delhi | Updated: January 20, 2014 12:01 am
In the DPA, she will look after India’s projects implemented through Lines of Credit, Grants and Grant assistance.  PTI In the DPA, she will look after India’s projects implemented through Lines of Credit, Grants and Grant assistance. PTI

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade is all set to join the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday as director of the Development Partnership Administration (DPA), an agency formed a year ago to handle India’s projects overseas, The Indian Express has learnt.

Her experience as deputy secretary (finance) in the MEA is said to have influenced the decision. Foreign secretary Sujatha Singh conveyed the decision to her. Devyani returned to India about 10 days ago after being at the centre of an India-US diplomatic spat over allegations about low wages of her domestic help, Sangeeta Richard, and visa fraud.

She was called back to Delhi. The 1999-batch Indian Foreign Service officer was deputy consul general in New York until she was charged by US authorities and will join the new desk on India’s development projects.

In the DPA, she will look after India’s projects implemented through Lines of Credit, Grants and Grant assistance. India has an elaborate project portfolio in the neighbourhood, including Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well Africa and Latin America.

As India increased its strategic footprint, DPA was formed last year for effective execution of projects with professionals from diverse backgrounds. It is headed by Sujata Mehta, one of India’s foremost diplomats and former Indian representative to UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva. Mehta is Special Secretary in the MEA. Khobragade has served in Pakistan, Italy, Germany and New York and knows English, Hindi, Marathi and German.

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    avi
    Jan 20, 2014 at 3:02 am
    This crooked 'diplomat' should be shunted to one corner and forgotten about !
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    Free Corrupt
    Jan 20, 2014 at 1:10 am
    The lady which does all illegal activities inside India promoted as Director. What kind of administration run by Congress. I don't understand what is special for this lady, the entire ministry is working PR work for her 24 x 7 around the clock. Congress can try this lady to contest LS election for PM post :-)
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    chandran
    Jan 20, 2014 at 2:01 am
    What about her Adarsh involvement? Why media is not raising it?
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    K.
    Jan 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm
    Fantastic ! She actually got a Director's post ! Pity ! Only in corrupt India can this happen ! Actually, the P.M. should ask for the resignation of the external affairs Minister. Alas ! Where are all the Menons gone in India ?K. Srinivasan, Toronto.
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    Subhash
    Jan 20, 2014 at 4:25 am
    Why for? what she has done to the maid is definitely a crime, she has mislead government and has brought dishonor the country ! She should be tried in the courts of India instead of that She has been promoted! The UPS/Congress is so corrupted that it has no shame in showing the same!
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