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IIT, IIM and Oxford alumni make way into govt as lateral entry specialists

In an announcement Friday, the UPSC named nine lateral entry specialists. ThePrint takes a look at some of the new joint secretaries.

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New Delhi: The nine new lateral entry specialists that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) recommended Friday to the central government include IIT, IIM and Oxford alumni who have worked with the United Nations, KPMG and multinational financial organisations.

ThePrint takes a look at some of the new joint secretaries, a couple of whom have worked with government before.

The 10 month delay in selection

Over 6,000 candidates had applied for the lateral entry scheme announced by the Modi government in June last year to bring in domain experts at the Centre. Only 2 per cent of the applicants reached the interview stage earlier this month.

After a delay of 10 months, the UPSC has named the candidates, but “it’s unlikely that they would be taking over as joint secretaries before the next government comes into effect”, a top government source told ThePrint.

Another government official, who was involved in rolling out the scheme, said the results could have been held back till the model code of conduct and elections were underway, given that the appointments may take some more time to fructify.

The delay in the process had raised speculations in bureaucratic circles if the scheme would see light of day at all.

Introducing private sector talent into the government is a first for joint secretary positions, even as there have been such direct appointments before for positions of secretaries in the central government and RBI governors.

The appointments are on contractual basis.

The UPSC could not find a candidate to occupy the joint secretary position in the department of revenue, finance ministry.

Rajeev Saksena, new JS, department of economic affairs

With over 22 years of experience in financial institutions across public and private sector, Saksena currently serves as SAARC Development Fund (SDF)’s Economic and Infrastructure director.

A former banker, he has previously worked with the Indian government as well, particularly in designing and implementing IT-enabled solutions for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA).

Amber Dubey, new JS, ministry of civil aviation

Dubey is a partner at KPMG India and heads its aerospace and defense unit. His profile on KPMG website suggests he has worked closely with the government prior to this appointment, especially with the ministries of civil aviation and defence.

He is believed to have contributed in the drafting of the National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016 and the policy framework for the Regional Connectivity Scheme. Currently, he is assisting the ministry on India’s national airport strategy and the model concession agreements for greenfield and brownfield airports.

Dubey is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Soon after Dubey’s name was announced, several people on Twitter began to call attention to his BJP-related tweets in the past.

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Kakoli Ghosh, new JS, department of agriculture cooperation and farmers welfare

Ghosh has previously served in the management team of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Strategic Program on “Making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable”. She has over 15 years of experience in the agriculture sector, and holds a doctorate in Plant Sciences from the University of Oxford.

Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale, new JS, ministry of new and renewable energy

Jagdale is the chief executive at Pune-based wind energy firm Panama Renewable Group. An electronics engineer with masters in business administration, Jagdale has over 24 years of experience in electrical and renewable industry.

Sujit Kumar Bajpayee, new JS, ministry of environment, forest and climate change

In his current stint at a top public sector unit, Bajpayee serves as NHPC Ltd’s senior manager (environment). Bajapyee’s LinkedIn profile reveals he has a doctorate in environmental sciences, and has professional experience of over 18 years. He has also closely worked with the government in the past.

Bajpayee also holds an MBA degree from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University, and an engineering degree from IIT, Roorkee.

Also read: Before UPSC, Modi govt wanted Cabinet Secy to head lateral entry recruitment panel

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  1. Wow. I realised NO IIT/IIM people were ever born in the South of Vindhyas!! Modi has started gathering a Gyan Kosh!!

  2. Being a senior engineer for two decades in public sector for a department which has allowed me to have a proximate look at the private sector too, I know how different and poles apart these sectors are. This move is another idiotic move by the Indian government precisely Modi government which will generate no substantial result.People who choose to serve a government sector at the end of their career must be doing it to have a relaxed life and NOT to work hard.

  3. First of all they are unlikely to join for such a low Salary…furthermore IAS lobby & other bureaucrats will not give them support & power needed to pursue their ambitions.I n frustration many will leave before completing their tenure. Any other Govt except BJP will clip their wings beforehand. To tackle this Govt should have selected candidates with Govt service or Defense service background also as they can withstand such acrimony between lobbies.However all the best for a good start & it should grow to few hundreds in numbers as 9 will not even make miniscule changes for improvement.

  4. One of the best initiative. At a time when new India is in the making we need hard core professionals at the top executive positions to steer our nation to path of rapid track development that is in the interest of man and Mother Nature. This requires speed leadership with breakthrough qualities and professionals of integrity and professional competence.
    Sectors such as Energy, Environment , Science and Technology , Industry , Finance and Economy, Nuclear power, Rerospace, Defence and Agriculture.
    There is no earth of professional talent, let the very best lead the core sectors of economy and create the developed, prosperous India of law abiding citizenship that the world would be proud of.
    Prof PB Sharma

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