The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) appoints Indian Foreign Service officer Vinay Mohan Kwatra (IFS:1988) as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Prime Minister Office (PMO). Kwatra is presently posted in MEA HQ (AMS division) and deals with North and South America. In his new stint Kwatra (a Joint Secretary rank officer) will succeed Jawed Ashraf in the PMO who deals with matters related to external affairs, space, atomic energy, overseas Indian affairs, defence, NTRO and monitoring of PM’s visit abroad, among others.
A special arrangement has been affected according to which PMO will borrow a Director level post from DOPT. This Director level post will stand upgraded to Jt Secretary till Javed would move from PMO.