Lateral entry to bring fresh talent into bureaucracy: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh speaking in the Rajya Sabha.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh speaking in the Rajya Sabha.

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Jan 3: Lateral entry will bring fresh talent into bureaucracy and at the same time, augment the availability of manpower.
This was stated here today in a reply by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, in response to a Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) related question in the Rajya Sabha.
The idea behind the entire concept was an endeavor to attract the best of the best, suited for the given job.
The reply further stated that in response to an advertisement by DoPT for lateral recruitment of 10 officers of Joint Secretary level, 6,077 applications were received as on the last date, that is, 30th July, 2018. UPSC has been entrusted with the responsibility to undertake the selection process, he stated.
It was also informed that, based on the recommendations in the three year action agenda of NITI Aayog and the recommendations made by Sectoral Group of Secretaries (SGoS) in its report submitted in February 2017, Government had decided to undertake lateral recruitment of 10 Joint Secretaries in 10 identified Ministries / Departments, on contract basis.
It was further clarified in the Minister’s reply that from time to time, government has followed the practice of appointing specialists and domain experts in technical and professional areas to meet the functional needs of the given organization.
Speaking to media persons later, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the appointments through lateral entry will be purely on merit and the selection will be made by a panel of experts who are well versed in the concerned sectors. The appointments, he said, will be purely on merit and will be contractual in nature for three years, subject to extension wherever found necessary.