The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has issued an advertisement seeking applications for three posts of Joint Secretary and 27 of Director in central government Departments.
NITI Aayog had recommended the induction of personnel at middle and senior management levels in the central government.
These ‘lateral entrants’ would be part of the central secretariat which in the normal course has only career bureaucrats from the All India Services/ Central Civil Services.
A Joint Secretary has the third highest rank (after Secretary and Additional Secretary) in a Department, and functions as administrative head of a wing in the Department.
Lateral recruitment is aimed at achieving the twin objectives of bringing in fresh talent as well as augment the availability of manpower.
Lateral entry appointments
Earlier, the government had decided to appoint experts from outside the government to 10 positions of Joint Secretary in different Ministries/Departments and 40 positions at the level of Deputy Secretary/Director.
Groups representing SCs, STs and OBCs have protested the fact that there is no reservation in these appointments.
In a single post cadre, reservation does not apply. Since each post to be filled under this scheme is a Single Post, reservation is not applicable.