Title : Lateral Entry: New wave from civil services
Date : Nov 22, 2021
Topic à Role of Civil Services in India
The Union Public Service Commission's (UPSC) recent proposal of 31 applicants for induction into senior and mid-level positions in various union ministries is the second such initiative to integrate expertise from the private sector into the senior and intermediate levels of bureaucracy. In 2019, nine lateral entrants from the private sector were also inducted.
What is the problem that specialists have identified:
Experts have expressed concern about the recruitment process.
According to them, meritocracy requires that professional recruitment procedures pass the merit test in a fair and transparent manner.
The foundation of modern merit-based bureaucracy is the fair selection and appointment of government officials.
As a result, any modification from the established approach must also meet the requirements of a fair recruitment procedure.
The necessity of the hour:
The recruitment procedure for induction of lateral candidates should be launched in the parliament to be constitutionally correct and to strengthen the legitimacy of the motion.
A complete legal approach would not only assist bring clarity to different facets of lateral entry recruiting, but it will also legitimise the practise and give it greater political support.
What does it mean to have a "lateral entry" into government:
In its three-year Action Agenda, NITI Aayog recommends it.
Personnel will be inducted into the federal government at the middle and high management levels.
These 'lateral entrants' will work in the central secretariat, which normally only employs career bureaucrats from the All India Services and Central Civil Services.
Importance and necessity:
Lateral entrants possess specialised subject knowledge and experience.
Meets the twin objectives of bringing in new talent and increasing personnel availability.
It allows stakeholders in the governance process, such as the commercial sector and non-profits, to engage.
It will aid in the transformation of organisational culture in the government sector.
Why is it that lateral entry is sometimes chastised:
These appointments are without reserve.
They are viewed as back doors via which a political party might publicly bring its own constituents.