Centre opens lateral entry to civil service; CPM sees Sangh plot

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Sunday slammed the government’s move to open up senior-level bureaucratic posts in several departments to people who could be from the private sector, saying that it was an attempt to include 'Sanghis' (RSS members) in the administrative ranks.

According to an advertisement published in leading newspapers, the government is looking for 10 "outstanding individuals", possibly from the private sector, with expertise in the areas of revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, cooperatives and farmers' welfare, road transport and highways, shipping, environment, forests and climate change, new and renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce.
The Narendra Modi government at the centre has notified 10 positions of joint secretaries through the ‘lateral entry’ scheme. 
Generally, senior bureaucrats are appointed as joint secretaries in government departments. Now any private sector professional with 15 years of work experience in any of the 10 fields can apply for the posts. The age of the candidate should not be below 40 years.
In its notification, the department of personnel and training, government of India, said the lateral entry scheme for appointing joint secretaries has been started to “invite talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building to join the government”.
“The proposal of lateral entry is aimed at bringing in fresh ideas and new approaches to governance and also to augment manpower,” it added.
As per the DoPT, “A joint secretary is the head of the wing under the charge of secretary of the ministry / department and he / she reports to additional secretary / secretary. Joint secretaries are at a crucial level of senior management in the government of India. They lead policymakersg as well as the implementation of various programmes and schemes of the Department.”
The Lateral Entry is applicable for both private sector professions and those from state governments, Union Territories, PSUs, Autonomous bodies etc.
According to DoPT, “The candidates from State Governments/Union Territories Administration, Central/State PSUs / Autonomous Bodies, etc, set up or controlled by Central/State Governments shall be appointed on deputation (Including Short Term Contract) with lien in the parent department. The candidates from Private Sector Organisations, International/Multinational Organisations etc., shall be appointed on contract basis.”
The age of the candidate should be “inimum of 40 years as on July 1, 2018”.
Qualifications: Graduate from a recognised University/Institute. Higher qualifications would be an added advantage.
Who can apply: a. Officers of any State/UT Government who are already working at equivalent level or are eligible for appointment to equivalent level in their cadre, with relevant experience.
b. Individuals working at comparable levels in Public, Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Autonomous Bodies, Statutory Organisations, Universities, Recognized Research Institutes with a minimum of 15 years’ experience.
c. Individuals working at comparable levels in Private Sector Companies, Consultancy Organisations, International/Multinational Organisations with a minimum of 15 years’ experience.
Duration of contract: Three years from the date of commencement, extendable up to 5 years on the basis of performance.
Salary/Compensation: Rs1,44,200-2,18,200 per month (Level 14 of Pay Matrix) and allowances, facilities applicable to an equivalent level in Government of India.
Shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interaction with the Selection Committee. The deadline is 30 July 30 2018 till 05:00 PM. All applications may be submitted online at https://Lateral.nic.in from 15th June, 2018 to 30th July, 2018 till 05:00 PM IST. No extension of time will be given under any circumstances.
Yechury tweeted, "Why are time-tested UPSC and SSC being sought to be undermined? To fill IAS ranks with Sanghis and undermine reservation too, in the BJP's last few months in office."