Lateral Entry Joint Secretary: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union government has invited applications from professionals in different domains to fill the post of 10 joint secretaries in several departments. The move to open these posts even for professionals from both private and public sectors, without them needing to clear UPSC Civil Services Examination, has received mixed reactions. While opposition political parties have condemned this decision of Modi government, several public professionals and even senior IAS officials have welcomed it.
IAS officer Ashok Khemka tweeted on Sunday: “Lateral recruitments to the posts of Joint Secretary in Govt of India notified. May the best talents from outside nurture public services.”
Formal Civil Services Exam topper Shah Faesal said: “I totally support GoI decision to allow lateral entry of professionals at Joint Secretary level. It’ll make the services more competitive and force IAS to specialise. New ideas will come in. And the fun part, that those who couldn’t enter IAS when young, find a crack in the wall!”
The government says decision to appoint top officials through lateral entry will 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,” Minister of State (MoS) in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh told news agency ANI.
Lateral recruitments to the posts of Joint Secretary in Govt of India notified. May the best talents from outside nurture public services.
— Ashok Khemka (@AshokKhemka_IAS) June 10, 2018
While the debate over this decision of Narendra Modi government may continue for long, here we take a look into important details of the jobs on offer:
What joint secretaries do
According to the Department of Personnel and Training: “A Joint Secretary is the head of the wing under the charge of Secretary of the Ministry/ Department and he/she reports to Additional Secretary/ Secretary. Joint Secretaries are at a crucial level of senior management in the Government of India. They lead policymaking as well as the implementation of various programmes and schemes of the Department.”
The Lateral Entry scheme for appointment of joint secretaries is applicable for both private sector professions and those from state governments, Union Territories, PSUs, Autonomous bodies etc.
Expertise required for application
Candidates with expertise in specific areas like Revenue, Financial Services, Economic Affairs, Agriculture, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Environment & Forests, New & Renewable Energy, Civil Aviation and Commerce can apply.
Who can apply
I totally support GoI decision to allow lateral entry of professionals at Joint Secretary level. It’ll make the services more competitive and force IAS to specialise. New ideas will come in. And the fun part, that those who couldn’t enter IAS when young, find a crack in the wall!
— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) June 10, 2018
Criteria for application
Age: Minimum of 40 years as on July 1, 2018
Qualification: Graduate from a recognized University/Institute. Higher qualifications would be an added advantage
Duration of contract
Three years from the date of commencement, extendable up to 5 years on the basis of performance.
Rs.144200-218200 per month (Level 14 of Pay Matrix) and allowances, facilities applicable to an equivalent level in Government of India.
Shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interaction with the Selection Committee.
Last date to apply
July 30, 2018 till 05:00 PM IST. All applications may be submitted online at https://Lateral.nic.in from 15th June, 2018 to 30th July, 2018 till 05:00 PM IST. No extension of time will be given under any circumstances.
Physical applications will not be accepted. Apply online only at https://Lateral.nic.in