Modi government opens lateral entry door for joint-secretary level posts


New Delhi, June 11 : There is no need to give UPSC exams to become a bureaucrat, you have a shortcut available as  Narendra Modi government has opened up the bureaucracy for lateral entry at the joint secretary level in various departments, triggering concerns the move would institutionalize nepotism and subvert reservations.


The Narendra Modi government has issued a notification to fill up the joint secretary posts in various departments and has invited job applications from “talented and motivated” individuals from private sector, for ten Joint-Secretary level posts in several departments. These appointments will be through the government’s lateral entry scheme. Candidates with 15 years of work experience in the public or private sector can apply for these positions.

According to a newspaper advertisement, the government is looking to hire people with expertise in areas of revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, cooperation and farmers’ welfare, road transport and highway, shipping, environment, forests and climate change, new and renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce. The initiative is being called lateral recruitment to senior positions in the government.

“The Government of India invites talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building to join the government at the level of Joint Secretary,” a circular issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said.

Applicants for the Joint Secretary posts should be minimum 40 years of age and with a bachelors’ degree from a recognised university or institute. Higher qualifications will be given preference in the recruitment process.

They will be hired on contractual basis for a period of three years from the date of commencement of service. This can be extended up to five years depending on performance.

Individuals working in private sector companies, consultancy organisations, international or multinational organisations at comparable levels as Joint Secretary with a minimum of 15 years experience are eligible to apply.

Selected applicants shall be placed at the beginning of the pay scale as applicable to a joint secretary, which is Rs 1,44,200-Rs 2,18,200 per month (Level 14 of Pay Matrix). In addition, they shall be eligible for all allowances and facilities as applicable to the equivalent level in the Government of India. However, the government reserves its right to place deserving appointees at an appropriate level within the scale of pay.

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