The Indian Foreign Service
) is the foreign service
. It is the body of career diplomats
The Indian Foreign Service is part of the Central Civil Services of the Government of India
. The Foreign Secretary of India
is the administrative head of the Indian Foreign Service.
On 13 September 1783, the board of directors
of the East India Company
passed a resolution
at Fort William
(now Kolkata), to create a department, which could help "relieve the pressure" on the Warren Hastings
administration in conducting its "secret and political business." Although established by the Company, the Indian Foreign Department
conducted business with foreign European
powers. From the very beginning, a distinction was maintained between the foreign
functions of the Foreign Department; relations with all "Asiatic powers" (including native princely states
) were treated as political
, while relations with European powers were treated as foreign
In 1843, the Governor-General of India
, Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough
carried out administrative reforms, organizing the Secretariat of the Government into four departments: Foreign, Home, Finance, and Military. Each was headed by a secretary-level officer. The Foreign Department Secretary was entrusted with the "conduct of all correspondence belonging to the external and internal diplomatic relations of the government."
The Government of......