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Former DEA Secretary Shaktikanta Das appointed as India’s G 20 Sherpa

NEW DELHI: Shaktikanta Das, former secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), has been appointed as India's G20 Sherpa till December 31, 2018 for the Development Track of the grouping, the Ministry of Finance said in a notification.

There are two tracks in G 20 - Finance Track and Development Track. Finance Track is managed by the Secretary (Economic Affairs) as India's Deputy to G20 and the Development Track is coordinated by the Sherpa. The Department of Economic Affairs will provide necessary support to the Sherpa.

Former vice-chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya had earlier suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appoint a full-time Sherpa for G20 talks as India's role is expanding in the global arena.

Panagariya left the government think tank on August 31 and returned to Columbia University. He was appointed India's Sherpa for G20 talks in September 2015, replacing Suresh Prabhu.

Source : timesofindia