The Modi government has made it clear that it is open to appointing talent from public and private sectors in authoritative governmental posts by inviting applications for 10 posts of joint secretaries in different ministries under its “lateral entry” scheme.

The eligibility criteria for the offered posts by the government is that the applicant should have completed 40 years of age by July 1 and he must be a graduate from a recognized university or institute. Any qualification higher than that would be considered as an added advantage. Primarily, the candidates will be appointed for three years and the government will have the liberty to extend the contract for up to five years. In order to ensure that only competent persons apply for the post, the government has fixed the pay scale of Rs 1.44 lakh to Rs 2.18 lakh per month for these posts in addition to the allowances and facilities as applicable to the equivalent level in the Central government.

The government has issued advertisements for the posts in the departments like revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, road transport, shipping, environment and forest, civil aviation and commerce. With this invitation, the government has also specified that officers of any state/ UT who are already working at equivalent level or are eligible for appointment to equivalent level in their cadre, individuals working at comparable levels in PSUs, autonomous bodies, statutory organisations, universities, recognized research institutes with a minimum of 15 years experience can apply. Also, individuals working at comparable levels in ‘private sector companies, consultancy organisations, international/ multinational organisations with at least 15 years’ experience can also apply for these posts.
A circular issued by the Department of Personnel and Training also said, “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.” This is certainly a positive and praiseworthy step taken by the government to join hands with employees from public and private sectors which can result in the mutual benefit and growth of both of them.

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