03 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Babu challenges lateral entry

Babu challenges lateral entry
Not everyone’s enthused about the Centre’s decision to allow lateral entry in the government at the joint secretary-level on a contractual basis. As expected, the babus are less than enthusiastic about the proposal. Now a retired IAS officer has moved the Supreme Court against the decision.

Claiming that the decision is “arbitrary”, the petitioner Chandrapal, who retired as secretary in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, has alleged that it would make the going difficult for bureaucrats selected on “merit” through a competitive examination. He has also said that the selection would be influenced by political considerations and would create a “conflict of interest” by allowing persons from the private sector into the administration.

Pointing to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) notification inviting applications from private sector candidates, Chandrapal has claimed that the notification does not specify any criteria for the selection of joint secretaries.

Will the move of approaching the Supreme Court impede the implementation of the new policy? The Centre can’t be too pleased about the prospect.

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