To incorporate the expertise and excellence of the private sector professionals into the government machinery, the central government led by PM Narendra Modi opened the way to the post of Joint Secretaries (senior IAS officers) through lateral entry scheme.
The move appears to have been drawn from a recommendation of the Shashi Tharoor-led Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs.
With the entry scheme, private sector professionals with 15 years of experience and minimum of 40 years of age can apply for the post in approved departments. There is no compulsion to sit for the UPSC exam.
All applications for same may be submitted online at lateral.nic.in from June 15, 2018, to July 30, 2018, till 05:00 PM. No extension of time will be given under any circumstances.
Selected applicants shall be placed at the beginning of the pay scale as applicable to Joint Secretary, i.e., Rs.144200-218200 per month (Level 14 of Pay Matrix). In addition, they shall be eligible for all allowances and facilities as applicable to the equivalent level in the Government of India.
A Joint Secretary is the head of the wing under the charge of Secretary of the Ministry/ Department and he/she reports to Additional Secretary/ Secretary. Joint Secretaries are at a crucial level of senior management in the Government of India. They lead policymaking as well as the implementation of various programmes and schemes of the Department.