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Private sector employees might get a chance to work as civil servants

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The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) is preparing a proposal for the lateral entries into civil services that deal with economy and infrastructure. A Committee of Secretaries has favoured this system with instructions coming from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The proposal favours the inclusion of private sector executives for appointment in the ranks of deputy secretary, director, and joint secretary.

The decision was taken in response to a central government staffing policy paper in which DoPT had indicated a lack of officers at the middle management level.

The government plans to include private individuals or social workers on the basis of experience and qualification. Salary of the individual will not be taken into consideration.

The existing salary of the candidate would not be taken into account. A committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary would be responsible for the final selection.

On a pilot basis, 40 individuals comprising of successful entrepreneurs, academicians and social workers, would be taken in through lateral entry, mainly at the joint-secretary level.

The appointments would not be for ministries like Home, Defence, Personnel or even Corporate Affairs.

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