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Indian Foreign Service to expand country’s footprint, says Jaishankar on IFS Day

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External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar wished the foreign service members a happy IFS Day 2022, he also predicted that the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) will continue to strengthen over the upcoming years and will support India’s interests around the world.

“Greetings to members of the Indian Foreign Service on #IFS Day 2022. In a rapidly changing world, they strive everyday to advance India’s interests, expand our footprint and enhance our standing,” Jaishankar tweeted. The minister said the people-centric outlook of the service is amply manifested, at home and abroad. “The splendid manner in which it rose to the challenges of Operation Ganga was recognised by the entire nation,” he said in another tweet.

IFS will expand in the upcoming years and will reflect a new and confident India, the external affairs minister expressed optimism.

“positive that the IFS will continue to prosper in the upcoming years. While assisting in the achievement of our national goals for 2047, it will reflect a new and confident India “he added.

The Foreign Department was established during British rule to handle business with the “Foreign European Powers,” and this is where the Indian Foreign Service had its start, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The “Indian Foreign Department,” as it was afterwards known, continued to expand diplomatic representation to safeguard British interests, the MEA stated.

The Indian Foreign Service was established in September 1946, just before India gained its independence, to handle its diplomatic, consular, and commercial presence abroad.

The British Indian government’s Foreign and Political department underwent a nearly seamless transformation into the new Ministry of External Affairs and Commonwealth Relations in 1947, and the first group of employees hired through the Union Public Service Commission’s combined Civil service examination system entered the service in 1948.

This method of entry has continued to be the predominant way people enter the IFS.

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