Modi governments ‘lateral’ entry proposal garners mix reactions from Pune bureaucrats
The central government has invited job applications from individuals, even from the private sector for the post of 10 joint secretary level posts in several central departments.pune Updated: Jun 12, 2018 23:05 IST
The central government’s proposal to bring in private sector professionals to join the government at the joint secretary level has invited mix reactions from bureaucrats in the city.
While some have upheld the decision, others criticised the government for implementing the decision in an autocratic manner.
Madhav Godbole, former union home secretary, accused the union government of taking such an important decision without a debate in the Parliament.
He said, “The decision to appoint Indian administrative service (IAS) officers without qualifying fir the UPSC exams is absolutely wrong and uncalled for. Also, private sector individuals, regardless of their expertise, are not fit for working in the public sector. The government is wrong in their concept of taking private sector individuals on board to make things better. Instead, the decision will only create problems further.”
To merely expect people from the private sector to join as join secretary’s and do what UPSC qualified officers could not do is unthinkable, added Godbole.
The central government has invited job applications from individuals, even from the private sector for the post of 10 joint secretary level posts in several central departments.
Mahesh Zagade (retd), while addressing a press conference in the city, supported the initiative, however raising scepticism over the process of appointments of these 10 joint secretaries.
He said, “It is good that the government has invited individuals from private sector for the post of joint secretaries as they have experience of private sector which could really help the government in executing projects. However, unbiased appointment process of these 10 candidates is indispensable for the success of this proposal.”
He further added, “While this is a good decision, however it should be implemented on an experimental basis. After a certain periodic interval the government must review the works and only after a proper scrutiny, the process must go ahead.”
Applicants for the joint secretary posts should be minimum 40 years of age and with a bachelors' degree from a recognised university or institute.
Higher qualifications will be given preference in the recruitment process. They will be hired on contractual basis for a period of three years from the date of commencement of service. This can be extended up to five years depending on performance.