Now, employees of private sectors can apply for top govt jobs under lateral entry scheme

The private sector employees from the fields like civil aviation, economic affairs and commerce may be hired by as joint secretary the Narendra Modi government

The Hush Post: There is a good news for the private sector employees above 40 years and having 15-year-long work experience. The private sector employees from the fields like civil aviation, economic affairs, and commerce may be hired by as joint secretary the Narendra Modi government.

The Centre has started “lateral entry” scheme that is aimed at “bringing in fresh ideas and new approaches to governance and also to augment manpower”, the government has said.

The Narendra Modi government has opened 10 positions for such lateral entry in 10 ministries and departments. The selected professionals will be given 3-year contracts that will be extendable up to five years based on their performance, in important ministries and given the pay scale of a joint secretary which is from Rs 1.44 lakh to Rs 2.18 lakh every month, besides perks like government accommodation and official vehicle. The professional working in private sector companies, consultancy firms, and international or multinational organisations are eligible to apply, a report said.

The move comes as there is reportedly a shortage of joint secretary-level officers at the Centre and a committee of secretaries, as well as the NITI Aayog, has recommended lateral entry of professionals as joint secretaries to fill this gap. The post has been the domain of all-India service officers from the IAS, IRS, IPS and Income Tax Services, the report said.

“The Government of India is looking for ten outstanding individuals with expertise in the areas of revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, cooperation & farmers’ welfare, road transport & highways, shipping, environment, forests and climate change, new & renewable energy, civil aviation, and commerce. 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 government press note said.

The interested candidates need to apply online by July 30, 2018.

Joint secretaries, who report to the secretary or additional secretary in the ministry or department where they are posted, are at a crucial level of senior management in the government, the note said. “They lead policymaking as well as implementation of various programmes and schemes of the department assigned to them,” the note read.

The officers from any state or union territory administration who are already working at an equivalent level or eligible for appointment to an equivalent level in their cadre with relevant experience, are also eligible to apply for these posts. Individuals working at comparable levels in public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, statutory organisations, universities and recognised research institutes with a minimum of 15-year experience can also apply. Such candidates shall be appointed on deputation (including short-term contract) with lien in the parent department, the report said.

For those joining from the private sector, the appointments will be on contract. “All appointees shall be deemed to be public servants for the purpose of the CCS (Conduct) Rules and such other statutes as notified by the government from time to time. The employment contract can be terminated by either side with a minimum notice period of three months. The shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interaction with the selection committee,” the government note said.

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