Lateral entry: Over 6000 private sector specialists apply for 10 joint secretary posts in government

The Personnel Ministry had recently announced recruiting 10 joint secretaries in select government departments through lateral entry, thus allowing private sector talents to join the government.

Published: 19th August 2018 01:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th August 2018 01:11 PM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Over 6,000 candidates have shown interest in 10 posts of joint secretaries in the central government offered to private sector specialists as part of the Modi government's bid to bring in fresh talent in bureaucracy, officials said today.

The Personnel Ministry had recently announced recruiting 10 joint secretaries in select government departments through "lateral entry" mode, thus allowing private sector talents to join the government on contractual basis.

A total of 6,077 applications have been received for the joint secretary posts, the officials said.

The posts of joint secretaries are in revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture and farmers welfare, road transport and highways, shipping, environment, forest and climate change, new and renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce departments.

The deadline to apply for the posts was July 30.

The term lateral entry relates to the appointment of specialists, mainly those from private sector, in government organisations.

There are a maximum of 1,100 applicants against one post, depending on the department concerned.

The minimum application for a post is 290.

"The central government has started the process of short-listing the candidates," a senior Personnel Ministry official said.

There are about 5,004 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, against the strength of 6,500, working across the country.

Usually, the posts of joint secretaries are manned by the IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS officers recruited through civil services examination conducted by the UPSC.

Citing the names of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also a bureaucrat, and the then Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, who was appointed through the lateral recruitment route, the government had last month informed Parliament that there has been no adverse effect on the morale of the civil servants due to such appointments.

In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said the government had decided to undertake lateral recruitment of 10 joint secretaries on contractual basis in order to achieve the twin objectives of bringing in fresh talent as well as augmenting the availability of manpower.

On whether this practice had been followed earlier also, the minister said there was lateral recruitment of some prominent persons to man specific assignments from time to time.

"This includes, among others, appointment of Manmohan Singh, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Vijay Kelkar, Bimal Jalan, Shankar Acharya, Rakesh Mohan, Arvind Virmani, Arvind Panagariya, Arvind Subramanian and Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Parameswaran Iyer and Ram Vinay Shahi.

No adverse effect on the morale of the civil servants has resulted from lateral recruitments," he said.

Kelkar had been former Finance Secretary, Jalan the ex-RBI Governor, Mohan former Deputy RBI Governor, and Acharya, Virmani and Subramanian, the former chief economic advisers.

Panagriya had been Vice Chairman of Niti Ayiog (formerly Planning Commission) and Kotecha is Secretary, Ministry of Ayush.

Iyer, a former IAS officer and sanitation expert, is Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Shahi was former Power Secretary.

The government think tank Niti Ayog, in its three-year action agenda 2017-18 to 2019-20, highlighted that it is essential specialists be inducted into the system through the lateral entry on a fixed-term contract, the minister said.

The Sectoral Group of Secretaries (SGoS) submitted a report in February 2017 in which it has inter alia been observed that there is a shortage of officers at the Joint Secretary, Director, Deputy Secretary levels, due to the reduction in recruitment in the service during 1995-2002.

"Based on the recommendation of SGoS, government has decided to undertake lateral recruitment of ten Joint Secretaries on contract basis in order to achieve the twin objectives of bringing in fresh talent as well as augment the availability of manpower," Singh said.

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