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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        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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              Dr Anil Nayyar
              Jul 14, 2017 at 5:38 pm
              Right approach if govt wants yo weed out the useless and inefficient elements from public domain rather it should be anorm to weed such people out regularly every 3 yeas.
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                rakesh
                Jul 17, 2017 at 8:32 am
                Abe how they are useless? Try to crack preliminary let alone the entire three phase exams? This move will pave away fro unqualified ppl to enter civil service. Look at current ICCSR chairman. He is not even a social scientist but was appointed.
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                Amit Kumar Roy
                Jul 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm
                Defence forces were supposed to be given this lateral move option for maintainingthe fighting age profile and utilisation of the disciplined and experience of the defence personnel in the various govt dept
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                  A K Dutta
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm
                  What's wrong with that? If there is lateral entry of RSS people into higher strata of govt. So far mostly leftist and Congress minded people dominated. Let the RSS people given a chance. After all policies of RSS is patriotic.
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                    Lovely
                    Jul 14, 2017 at 9:39 pm
                    RSS can not enter Kerala, Tamil Nadu, AP, Telengana, Orissa, West Bengal, Karnataka( only due to Yedurayyappa). This is because of its language policy to impose HINDI on non BIMARU states. So it is better if is confined to BIMARU states.
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                      rakesh
                      Jul 17, 2017 at 8:33 am
                      What kind of ic response. There is no lateral entry during UPA. How could congress and left people joined civil service? Have u read the article? Or just doing your daily paid trolling work.
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