6,000 applicant show interest for Modi govt's lateral entry for 10 joint secretary posts

6,000 applicant show interest for Modi govt's lateral entry for 10 joint secretary posts

Courtesy : Delhi bureau21/08/2018 08:30

More than 6000 candidates have show their willingness for just 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. Total 6077 applications have been received for the joint secretary post,the government said. Government wants to recruits 10 joints secretaries in different  departments.

The government said it was looking for 10 outstanding individuals with expertise in the area of Revenue, financial services,   economic affairs, agriculture and farmers welfare, road transport and highways, shipping, environment, forest and climate change, civil aviation and climate change.

“ We intend to complete the process of hiring by the end of this year and now deliberation are on  to scrutinize these applications in a structured way,’’ said an official.

“Right now now final decision has been taken, but we may involve the UPSC in the process of vetting applications and conductiong interviews as well. The involvement of human resource experts is also not ruled out .

Usually, the post of joint secretaries are manned by the IAS, IPS,IFS,IRS officers recruited through civil services examination conducted by the UPSC.There are about 5004 indian administrative service office country.

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

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.

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

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 lateral entry on 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 shortage of officers at the Joint Secretary, Director, Deputy Secretary levels, due to reduction in recruitment in the service during 1995-2002.


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