Govt opens up 10 Joint Secretary-level posts to private sector, Opposition slams move
New Delhi: In a bid to rope in the expertise of private sector professionals in policy making and implementation of government programmes, the Centre has opened doors of bureaucracy to skilled people from the private sector, inviting applications for 10 Joint Secretary-level posts.
Opening 10 senior-level bureaucratic posts in several departments, the government is seeking people from the private sector, who are “talented and motivated”, and willing to contribute towards nation building.
In an advertisement published in newspapers and online, Govt of India has invited applications from “outstanding individuals” for appointment to 10 joint secretary-level posts.
The initiative is being called lateral recruitment to senior positions in the government.
The period of contract will be for three years from the date of commencement of service, extendable up to five years depending upon performance.
Joint Secretaries are at a crucial level of senior management in the government of India and lead policy making as well as implementation of various programmes and schemes of the department assigned to them.
They report to the secretary/additional secretary in the ministry or department and are normally appointed from all India services like the IAS, IPS, IFS and other allied services.
The criteria for applicants include minimum age of 40 years as on 1 July 2018, and a graduate from a recognised university or institute. Higher qualifications would be an added advantage.
Those who are eligible to apply are officers of any state or Union Territories government who are already working at an equivalent level or are eligible for appointment to equivalent level in their cadre, with relevant experience.
The much talked and debated reform is here now. Lateral entry to government at Joint Secretary level. Hope this reform will usher an era of good policy formulations and without getting into the trap of spoil system. pic.twitter.com/WYKqC2H6iu
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) June 10, 2018
It also includes individuals working at comparable levels in public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, statutory organisations, universities, recognised research institutes with a minimum of 15 years of experience.
Those working at comparable levels in private sector companies, consultancy organisations, international or multinational organisations with a minimum of 15 years experience can also 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. In addition, they shall be eligible for all allowances and facilities as applicable to the equivalent level in the Government of India.
Opposition slams Govt move
The move has kicked up a political storm as the parties are alleging that it is aimed at getting those associated with the BJP into administrative ranks.
Congress leader PL Punia called it a ploy to induct people with RSS leanings who would then influence government decisions.
“This is being done so that people who are with RSS or BJP come on this position and will then directly influence the decisions taken by the government,” Punia said.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said the government had made a joke out of the Constitution and slammed the moved as a violation of the statute.
“”How can this Manuvadi government sideline the UPSC and appoint whoever they like to important posts like joint secretaries without conducting exams? This is a violation of the constitution and reservation. Tomorrow they will appoint a PM and cabinet without conducting elections. They have made a joke out of the constitutions,” Tejashwi tweeted.