As part of a standard practice, the Finance Commission of India held discussion with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and other senior officials of the ministry.
The Commission led by Chairman N. K. Singh and other members were appraised of the broad architecture of the working of the foreign affairs in their detailed presentation.
During the meeting, Chairman and Members tried to understand the trade relations of India across the globe, its challenges and efforts done to enhance this.
Overall, Commission was given an understanding of the challenges in matching India’s diplomatic power with India’s economic power as world’s fastest growing emerging economy in 21st Century – The Asian Century.
Following the preliminary meeting, more such meetings and consultations will be held between the Ministry and the Commission.
MEA is working on strategic connectivity, shaping choices and balancing interests & creating goodwill by various development projects, humanitarian assistance and aids to friendly countries, innovative diplomatic outreach and partnerships.
It is also working vigorously to enhance public service delivery through a network of 322 Passport Centers (including Post Office – PSKs) across the country, up from mere 77 passport centers in 2014 with excellence.
As part of its outreach to the Indian diaspora as well as Indian citizens, MEA has stared various programmes like Bharat EkParichay, Know India Programme, Pradesh Me Videsh and SAMEEP