18 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Reservation in lateral entry?

The Centre’s policy to induct talent in the bureaucracy from the private sector has been hailed as a major much-needed administrative reform. But the lateral entry move has been criticized by several Dalit IAS officers as legally untenable as it does not extend the reservation law on such recruitments. Earlier, in April, the government had hired nine individuals at joint secretary level and none of them belongs to any of the reserved categories. However, the government has clearly pushed for lateral entry after a lot of calculation. It now appears that the Centre smartly got around the reservation law during the lateral recruitment by using a procedure that does not mandate the provision of reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates. The government argues that the reservation policy did not apply to the lateral entry policy since domain experts were recruited for individual positions, and reservation did not apply to single posts. Bringing in domain experts in the government from outside has been one of Prime Minister Narendra Mod’s pet administrative reforms. Lateral entry has been resisted by the babus, for obvious reasons of protecting their turf, but the government is going ahead with its implementation while taking care not to fall foul of the extant laws.

Leave a Reply