Doors open for lateral entry in bureaucracy
The Narendra Modi government gave a go-ahead to the lateral entry into civil services by inviting “talented and motivated indian nationals” to fill 10 joint secretary level positions through an advertisement by the department of personnel training (dopt). in the advertisement, the dopt says it is looking for 10 “outstanding individuals”, who are willing to contribute towards nation building. People from private sector companies, consultancy organisations, and MNCS are eligible to apply. According to the dopt, the recruitment will be on contract basis for three to five years. The intake will be made in 10 departments initially but will expand to other categories in the second phase. The positions are crucial for policy making and are filled by through UPSC. in 2017, the Niti Aayog in its three year action agenda released had proposed lateral entry in bureaucracy. “in areas requiring specialised knowledge, it is important to develop expertise among internal staff and induct lateral entry... specialists could be brought on three to five year contracts. Such a system will bring top talent and energy into the government and will lend new dynamism to the ministries,” it said. Though the idea was under discussion for many years, this is the first move towards implementing it.