Venu Rajamony takes over as President’s Press Secretary

Venu Rajamony, a 1986 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, assumed charge as Press Secretary to the President on Thursday. He took over from Archana Datta, who served as Officer on Special Duty to Pratibha Patil.

A career diplomat, Mr. Rajamony has served as Joint Secretary, heading the Multilateral Institutions Division of the Department of Economic Affairs in the Finance Ministry.

With Mr. Rajamony’s appointment as Press Secretary, the position has been reclaimed by the IFS. Press secretaries to the former Presidents, Giani Zail Singh, R. Venkataraman, Shankar Dayal Sharma and K.R. Narayanan, were all IFS officers.

Mr. Rajamony joined the IFS after a two-year stint as journalist with an English daily. “A fluent speaker of the Chinese language, he has served in the Indian missions in Hong Kong as well as the Embassy of India in Beijing for around nine years. He worked in the Indian mission to the U.N. in Geneva as officer responsible for human rights and humanitarian matters. In 1996, he was elected Rapporteur of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights representing India. He has also served in the Indian Embassy in Washington DC as official spokesperson and in the External Publicity Division of the Ministry of External Affairs headed by the official spokesperson of the Ministry,” read a communiqué issued by the President’s Office here.

Mr. Rajamony was Director (Chef de Cabinet) in the Office of Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha from 2002 to 2004.

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