Ruchi Ghanashyam appointed Secretary (West), MEA March 2017 New Delhi. Senior Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Ruchi Ghanashyam has been appointed Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), a Government press statement in this regard said March 1. A 1982 batch officer Mrs Ghanashyam replaces Ms Sujata Mehta. The post was lying vacant since the appointment of Ms Mehta as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on February 21. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mrs Ghanashyam Grade I of IFS (Secretary rank) as Secretary (West).