Lateral entry into bureaucracy

"Outstanding individuals" are invited by the government to join the government at the joint secretary level at the Centre. The move will help in bringing the expertise from the private sector individuals to infuse talent into the country's bureaucracy.

Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has invited application for 10 senior level positions in initial phase, the appointment will be done in the Departments of Economic Affairs, Revenue, Commerce and Highways ctc.

The plan is to fill 10 joint secretary level positions in various departments, these positions are normally filled by career bureaucrats, who join the service after passing UPSC exam.

Appropriate individuals will be appointed as joint secretary level positions in GoI, on contract basis for a period of 3-5 years.

Eligibility criteria
1) Individuals working at comparable levels in Private Sector Companies, Consultancy Organisations, International/Multinational Organisations with a minimum of 15 years of experience.
2) Individuals working in central public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, statutory organisations, research bodies and universities.
3)Individuals applying for the postions should have a minimum age of 40 years.
4) He/She must be a graduate from a recognised university or institute while higher qualification will be an added advantage.

A report submitted by "The Sectoral Group of Secretaries (SGoS)" in February 2017 observed that there is shortage of officers at the Joint Secretary/Director/Deputy Secretary Level, due to reduction in recruitment in the service during 1995-2002.

Based on the recommendation of SGoS, the government has decided to undertake lateral recruitment of ten Joint Secretaries on contract basis in order to bringing in fresh talent as well as augmenting the availability of manpower.

Niti Ayog has also supported the idea in it's three year action agenda 2017-18 to 2019-20, highlighted that it is essential specialists be inducted into the system through lateral entry on fixed term contract.

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