India's Ambassador to Germany, Sujata Singh will be country's next foreign secretary. Singh is the senior most officer in the Indian Foreign Service and will succeed incumbent Rajan Mathai who superannuates on July 31.
Though India's envoy to China S. Jaishankar, was believed to be Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's choice for foreign secretary, the Congress Party was not keen to overlook seniority.
Sujata Singh is the senior-most in the 1976 batch of the Indian Foreign Service and to succeed Mathai. A reported move to supercede Sujata Singh and other senior diplomats created a flutter within the Ministry of External Affairs. Not only Singh, but other officers of her batch had reportedly indicated their unwillingness to work under Jaishankar, a 1977-batch officer. (ANI)