As many as nine private sector specialists have been appointed as joint secretaries in central government departments through lateral entry. It is a first the appointment for the posts of joint secretaries has been made from the private sectors instead of appointing IAS, IRS, IPS or IFS officers whose selections take through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams.
The departments in which the nine joint secretaries have been appointed are revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture and farmers welfare, road transport and highways, shipping, environment, forest and climate change, new and renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce.
The private sector specialists and the departments in which they have been appointed are Amber Dubey for civil aviation, Arun Goel for commerce, Rajeev Saksena for Economic Affairs, Sujit Kumar Bajpayee for environment, forest and climate change, Saurabh Mishra for financial services, Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale for the new and renewable energy department, Suman Prasad Singh for road transport and highways ministry, Bhushan Kumar foaaar Shipping and Kakoli Ghosh for agriculture, cooperation and farmers welfare.
Last year in June, the Personnel Ministry had invited applications for the joint secretary posts through lateral entry mode. The application deadline was 30 July, 2018. As many as 6,077 applications were received out of which 89 were shortlisted for interviews.
UPSC on Friday recommended nine candidates for the joint secretary posts.