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According to govt data, appointments through promotion at the level of deputy secretary, joint secretary, additional secretary & secretary fell to 2,918 in 2018 from 5,953 in 2016.
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Speaking at CPR Dialogues 2020, T.V. Somanathan, secretary in Department of Expenditure, said lateral entries should be based on merit & not on political connections.
Contrary to popular belief, the Indian state is remarkably thin. Compared to other G20 countries, India has the smallest number of bureaucrats per capita.
The Modi government is seeking to expand the civil services reforms it began in its first term — introduction of lateral entry for example.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the lateral entry procedure was designed to be objective and hence background would not matter, just one's capability and experience.
Posts for lateral entry have already been identified at the level of director and deputy secretary, and advertisement for this will be released soon.
In a 2-week training programme, the lateral entrants got a crash course on governance matters that will help them begin their journeys as joint secretaries.
Modi govt has forcibly retired officers, pushed for lateral entry & sought to break IAS stranglehold, earning both praise & flak for tinkering of civil service.
There has been no adverse effect on the morale of civil servants because of lateral recruitments, said Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Lok Sabha.