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MEA starts its biggest internal rejig in 50 years

NEW DELHI: The foreign ministry is undertaking its biggest restructuring exercise in almost half a century, making it the Centre’s first ministry to undertake ‘root-branch’ structural reform.

The ministry’s management and functioning structure remains hidebound and out of sync with modern practices and demands of India foreign policy, which is becoming more complex and diverse.

With foreign secretary Harsh Shringla taking charge this week, foreign minister S Jaishankar is putting his plans of redrawing the MEA structure to work. It helps that Shringla and Jaishankar are on the same page regarding the overhaul, and getting it out early in the government’s tenure means they will have ample time to put the plans into action.

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