DoPT asked to prepare proposal on lateral entry into civil services

Sources said instructions have come from the Prime Minister’s Office to prepare a broad outline of modalities for selecting private individuals for appointment in the ranks of deputy secretary, director and joint secretary.

Written by Amitav Ranjan | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2017 5:53 pm
GST, farmers suicide, demonetisation, BJP, Congress, rahul gandhi, sonia gandhi, Trinamool congress, TMC, india news Sources said instructions have come from the Prime Minister’s Office to prepare a broad outline of modalities for selecting private individuals for appointment in the ranks of deputy secretary, director and joint secretary.

With a Committee of Secretaries favouring lateral entry into the civil service, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has been instructed to put up a proposal on the induction of outsiders in the middle rung of ministries that deal with economy and infrastructure.

Sources said instructions have come from the Prime Minister’s Office to prepare a broad outline of modalities for selecting private individuals for appointment in the ranks of deputy secretary, director and joint secretary. The move was in response to a central government staffing policy paper where the DoPT had indicated a huge shortage of officers in the middle management level, they said.

Sources said the shortlisting of private sector executives or social workers would be through a matrix of experience and qualification, without taking into account their existing salaries. The final selection would be done by a committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary, they said.

The preliminary estimate was that around 40 individuals, including successful entrepreneurs, academicians and social workers, would be taken in through lateral entry, mainly at the joint-secretary level where there is a dearth of officers.

According to another official, these appointments would not be for regulating ministries such as Home, Defence, Personnel or even Corporate Affairs. Last August, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh had told Lok Sabha that there was no proposal to constitute a committee to study the feasibility of lateral entry as such issues required political consensus.

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    sumeet sethi
    Jul 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm
    This is a great move and will allow all qualified professionals with varied global experience and innovative thinking to contribute towards a better India vision. If this is implemented in the right way this move will fast track India's growth story.
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      rakesh
      Jul 17, 2017 at 8:29 am
      Look at the ic comments of bhakts and paid trol l. Such a move will now pave way for unqualified people and people close to Sangh and BJP to enter civil service, which is a toughest exam and span over three types of exam over one year. This will be big disaster and can open a pandora box. Bureaucrats will oppose this move for sure. Such a move is contemplated out of desperation to hold on to power for perpetuity.
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      1. Jitendra Nagar
        Jul 15, 2017 at 10:19 am
        That's really would be good move..
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          Santy
          Jul 15, 2017 at 1:03 am
          A well thought out proposal which should have been implemented long back. But asking dopt to formulate the modalities is like asking the thief to guard the bank. Dopt will ensure that the proposal remains a non starter. It will auger well for the PM if he remembers how the babus ed up demonetization. Monitor what these dopt chaps give very closely if PM doesn't want to be short changed.
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            Lovely
            Jul 14, 2017 at 6:20 pm
            Now a days there are many IAS officers who can not speak properly, but they have closer affinity to politicians.
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              Kamal Pasha
              Jul 14, 2017 at 8:12 pm
              Lovely : You agree that Modi's government is corrupt. You selected them.
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                Lovely
                Jul 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm
                Yes elected him during wave. Corrupt means? I doubt. But he is helping only corporates. Many reforms are overdue. For eg: Judicial, electoral, AGRARIAN, police, defence, banking, economic and many reforms . Thus far, no employemnt, youth are crying. UP is worst hit. Due to cattle ban many have lost their daily lively hood. Yogi does not trust his babus, officials and ministers.Yogi does not trust even his shadow.TCS is going to be shut in Lucknow, loss of 2000 jobs. So far no MoU signed for establishment of any industries. Who will come to UP.?
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