In a first, Centre invites applications for direct entry into senior bureaucracy

New Delhi: For the first time in India, the Centre has come up with an advertisement for skilled people from the private sector to fill 10 senior-level posts in the government.

Idea of lateral entry into bureaucracy is not new, as it has been under consideration for years, but this is the first time when the government has come up with an official notification.

According to the advertisement issued by the department of personnel training (DoPT), the government is looking for 10 ‘outstanding individuals’ who are willing to contribute towards nation building.

“It’s an endeavour to get the best from whichever source available. It’s motivated with focus on allowing every Indian citizen a fair chance to ensure their growth depending on their potential,” Jitendra Singh, MoS in PMO said.

Eligibility criteria

Individuals working at comparable levels in private sector companies, consultancy organisations, international/multinational organisations with a minimum of 15 years’ experience are eligible to apply for the posts. Also, the minimum age requirement for the candidates is 40 years as on July 1, 2018.

10 departments where they will be posted

The proposal of lateral entry is aimed at bringing in fresh ideas and new approaches to governance and also to augment manpower.

Candidates who have expertise in specific areas of Revenue, Financial Services, Economic Affairs, Agriculture, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Environment & Forests, New & Renewable Energy, Civil Aviation and Commerce and fulfill the eligibility criteria may apply for specific posts mentioned in the advertisement,” the advertisement posted on the website https://lateral.nic.in/ said.

Salary

The candidates appointed against the post shall be placed at the beginning of the pay scale applicable to regular government employees i.e. ₹1,44,200-2,18,200 per month (level 14 of the Pay Matrix). In addition they will be eligible for all allowances and facilities etc. as applicable to the equivalent level in the Government of India.

Social media divided over move

The announcement received mixed response on social media. While most hailed it as a welcome step that would bring in the much-needed field experts in governance, critics said the system can only work if the method of selection is impartial, objective and transparent.