A month after government opened doors of bureaucracy for private sector professionals, it has received more than 3000 applications for 10 Joint Secretary level posts. The government had put out advertisements inviting applications for these posts through lateral entry as opposed to the UPSC examinations. The last date for applying is July 30.
According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the government has received over 3000 applications so far. However, the final figures are likely to higher.
"Government of India has decided to invite talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building to join the government at the level of Joint Secretary," said the notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.
Minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh had told the Parliament that the decision has been taken to bring fresh ideas to governance.
Joint Secretaries, who report to the Secretary or the Additional Secretary in the respective ministries, are responsible for policy making as well as implementation of various programmes and schemes of the department assigned to them.
Usually the is filled through the competitive exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
According to the government notification, candidates having expertise in specific areas of revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, road transport and highways, shipping, environment and forests, new and renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce can apply for the posts.
While candidates from state governments and Central or state public sector undertakings will be appointed on deputation, the candidates from private sector will be appointed on contract basis, the notification said.