In its bid to attract fresh talent from public and private sectors, the government has invited applications for 10 posts of joint secretaries in different ministries under its “lateral entry” scheme.
In a newspaper advertisement issued on Sunday (10 June), the Department of Personnel and Training has invited applications from Indian nationals having expertise in sectors such as revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, infrastructure, and commerce.
A circular issued by the Department of Personnel and Training 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 aimed at bringing in specialized talent in various government departments, contributing to better governance.
As per the criteria fixed by the government, the applicant must be of 40 years of age as on July 1 and a graduate from a recognized university or institute. Higher qualifications would be an added advantage. The candidates will be appointed for three years and the government can also extend their contract to up to five years. A total of 10 posts at the level of joint secretary are initially on offer.
In order to ensure that highly professional persons apply for the job, the selected candidates will be offered a salary of INR1.44 lakh to INR 2.18 lakh per month and would also be entitled to allowances and facilities as applicable to the equivalent level in the Central government.
The notification also specified that officers of any state/ UT who are already working at an equivalent level or are eligible for appointment to equivalent level in their cadre, individuals working at comparable levels in PSUs, autonomous bodies, statutory organizations, universities, recognized research institutes with a minimum of 15 years’ experience can apply. Individuals working at comparable levels in ‘private sector companies, consultancy organizations, international/ multinational organizations with at least 15 years’ experience can also apply for these posts.
This is a pilot project and has received the approval of the Union cabinet, as per a person familiar with the development.