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There has been no unfavourable effect on the morale of civil servants due to such appointments, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh informs Lok Sabha.

 

Citing the names of previous Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also a bureaucrat, and the then Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia as being designated through the lateral recruitment route, the government on July 25 said there has been no adverse effect on the morale of the civil servants due to such appointments.

In a written response to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said the government has decided to undertake lateral recruitment of 10 Joint Secretaries on contract basis in order to achieve the twin objectives of bringing in fresh talent as well as increasing the availability of manpower.

The term lateral entry relates to the appointment of experts (mainly those from the private sector) in government organisations.

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On whether this practice had been followed earlier also, the Minister said there was the lateral recruitment of some prominent persons to man specific responsibilities from time to time.

“This includes, among others, an appointment of Manmohan Singh, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Vijay Kelkar, Bimal Jalan, Shankar Acharya, Rakesh Mohan, Arvind Virmani, Arvind Panagariya, Arvind Subramanian and Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Parameswaran Iyer and Ram Vinay Shahi. No disadvantageous effect on the morale of the civil servants has resulted from lateral recruitments,” he said.

Mr Kelkar had been a previous Finance Secretary, Mr Jalan ex-RBI Governor, Mr Mohan former Deputy RBI Governor, and Mr Acharya, Mr Virmani and Mr Subramanian, retired chief economic advisers.

Mr Panagriya had been vice-chairman of Niti Ayiog (formerly Planning Commission) and Mr Kotecha is Secretary, Ministry of Ayush. Mr Iyer, a previous IAS officer and sanitation specialist, is Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Mr Shahi was former Power Secretary.

Government think-tank Niti Ayog has in its three-year action agenda 2017-18 to 2019-20 highlighted that it is essential experts be initiated into the system through a lateral entry on fixed term contract, the Minister said.

The Sectoral Group of Secretaries (SGoS) submitted a report in February 2017 in which it has inter alia been observed that there is a lack of leaders at the Joint Secretary/Director/Deputy Secretary Level, due to a reduction in recruitment in the service during 1995-2002.

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“Based on the recommendation of SGoS, the government has decided to initiate lateral recruitment of ten Joint Secretaries on contract basis in order to do accomplish the twin objectives of bringing in fresh talent as well as increase the availability of manpower,” Mr Singh said.

He said in agreement with the principle of “reform, perform and transform”, the government has taken several measures to reform bureaucracy including the issue of provisional appointment orders (to those selected) on receipt of duly filled attestation form and self-declaration by applicants pending police attestation of character and antecedents, among others.

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