Government’s decision to offer 10 Joint Secretary-level posts via lateral entry draws flak

New Delhi:-

The Narendra Modi government has now opened 10 posts at Joint-Secretary level without the need for qualifying UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) examinations.

According to the advertisement published on Sunday, the Department of Personnel and Training is going for ‘lateral recruitment to senior positions in government of India’.

“Joint Secretaries are at a crucial level of senior management in the Government of India. They lead policy making and implementation of various programs and schemes of the department assigned to them.” the advertisement read.

The Government is looking for 10 outstanding individuals with expertise in the areas of Revenue, Financial Services,Economic Affairs, Agriculture, Cooperation and  Farmers’ Welfare, Road Transport and Highways, Shipping ,Environment, Forests and Climate Change, New & Renewable Energy, Civil Aviation and Commerce.


The criteria is that the individual should have completed 40 years of age and must possess 15 years of experience in public or private sector.

Period of contract:

The period of contract shall be for 3 years and extendable up to 5 years depending upon performance.

The selected applicants shall be placed at the pay scale of 1,44,200 – 2,18,200 rupees per month at the beginning. In addition they shall be applicable for all allowances to the equivalent level in the Government of India.


The decision of the government has drawn flak. The opposition has criticised the government for favouritism to the Sanghis and undermining the reservation.