Modi government announces offers for 10 Joint Secretary level posts via lateral entry

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The government on Sunday in an official release announced the lateral recruitment to senior positions in the Government of India. 

In a historic first, the Modi-led government has opened doors of bureaucracy to skilled workers from private sectors. The government on Sunday in an official release announced the lateral recruitment to senior positions in the Government of India. 

In its release, the Department of Personnel and Training said that the Government is looking for ten outstanding individuals with expertise of more than 15 years in fields like Revenue, Finance, Transport, Civil Aviation and Commerce. The applicant has to be 40 years of age as on July 1, 2018, and that he or she must be a graduate from a recognised university or institute. While candidates from state governments and Central or state public sector undertakings will be appointed on deputation, the candidates from private sector will be appointed on contract basis, the notification said.

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The move is massive as it’s the first time that the government has opened its doors for a senior management position to non-civil servants.

The recruitment will be done on contract basis for three to five years. The posts are also open to officials of any state or union territory government who are already working at equivalent level, and individuals working at comparable levels in public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, universities and research institutes.

Joint Secretaries are at a crucial level of senior management in the government and lead policy making as well as implementation of various programmes and schemes of the department assigned to them. They report to the Secretary or the Additional Secretary in the respective ministries.

The joint secretary post is usually filled through the competitive exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). 

The NITI Aayog welcomed the move to initiate lateral entry in the bureaucracy with its CEO Amitabh Kant saying it was long overdue.

“NITI’s experience with lateral entry has been extremely good. They (candidates) bring in a vast number of fresh and vibrant ideas.

“This move in government was long overdue and I welcome it. It Will catalyze UPSC entrants to specialise. Government must also allow deputation of its officers to private sector as well,” Kant said in a tweet.

Earlier, on April last year Kant had said that the NITI Aayog is throwing open its doors to private sector experts to join the government think tank at all levels, including at secretary rank.

Meanwhile, Minister of State (MoS) in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh hailed the initiative saying that it is an endeavour to give every Indian a chance to grow. “It’s an endeavour to get the best from whichever source available. It’s motivated with focus on allowing every Indian citizen a fair chance to ensure their growth depending on their potential”, Singh told news agency ANI.



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