Why should a government which is struggling to resuscitate a flagging economy struggle to fill a crucial position of minister (economics) in the Indian embassy in Washington DC? The position has been vacant since November last year when the tenure of 1984 batch Kerala cadre IAS officer V.S. Senthil ended. It has taken Delhi seven months to appoint Govind Mohan, a 1989 batch Sikkim cadre officer and joint secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, as Senthil’s successor!
Sources say that although the post was advertised in August last year, the government has found a replacement only now. Some feel that intensive lobbying by babus for prestigious postings in Indian missions often leads to delayed decision-making. But, viewed in the context of our flagging economy, it is strange that a vital position in a crucial embassy outpost was kept pending for months.