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Private Sector specialists selected as Govt. Joint Secretaries

With a motive to introduce experienced people in government administration, NDA government had decided to appoint a few experienced and professionals for the post which were previously filled through clearing civil services exam.

For the first time, specialists have been selected for appointment as joint secretaries in central government departments. Usually, the posts of joint secretaries are filled with the officers of Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Forest Services (IFS) and Indian Revenue Services (IRS). These officers are selected through a three phased rigorous selection process which is carried out by the Union Public service Commission (UPSC).

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Lateral Entry in Government Jobs

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions had invited applications for the joint secretary rank posts through “Lateral entry” mode. The appointment of specialists from private sector in government organizations was considered as an ambitious step of the Modi Government to bring in fresh talent in bureaucracy.

These posts are in revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture and farmers’ welfare, road transport and highways, shipping, environment, forest and climate change, new and renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce departments.

The deadline to apply for the posts was July 30, 2018. A total of 6,077 applications were received in response to the government’s advertisement. However, the ministry in December had decided to entrust the task of selecting the candidates for these posts to the UPSC. UPSC conducts civil services examination to select the country’s bureaucrat, diplomats and police officers.

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Nine private sector specialists have been recommended for joint secretary posts by the UPSC, which announced the result on Friday. Those selected are Amber Dubey (for civil aviation), ArunGoel (commerce), Rajeev Saksena (Economic affairs), Sujit Kumar Bajpayee (environment, forest and climate change), Saurabh Mishra (Financial service) and Dinesh DayanandJagdale (new and renewable energy), it said. Suman Prasad Singh has been selected for appointment as joint secretary in road transport and highways ministry, Bhushan Kumar in shipping and KokoliGhosh for agriculture, cooperation and farmers’ welfare, the UPSC said.

“The recruitment process for selection of candidate for joint secretary level post on contract basis (lateral entry) for the department of revenue, ministry of finance has become infructuous at the interview stage,” it said without citing further details.

Of the total 6,077 applications received by the government, only 89 were short-listed for the interview. They were then asked to fill up a detailed application form (DAF) for further processing.

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Of these 89 candidates, 14 each are for the posts of joint secretary in agriculture cooperation and farmers’ welfare, and shipping, 13 for aviation, 10 for the department of financial services, nine each for the departments of revenue and new and renewable energy, eight for road transport and highways, seven for environment, forest and climate change, three for department of economic affairs and two for the commerce departments.

Government think tank Niti Aayog had in a report highlighted that it was essential that specialists be inducted into the system through lateral entry on fixed-term contract.

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This post is written by Damini Aggarwal of Punjab University. For more info on subject, please call 99888-17966.

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