Twin objective of lateral recruitment is to bring in fresh talent and augment the availability of manpower:Dr Jitendra Singh
New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said thattwin objective of lateral recruitment is to bring in fresh talent and augment the availability of manpower. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today, he said, NITI Aayog, in its three-year Action Agenda, and the Sectoral Group of Secretaries (SGoS) on Governance, in its report submitted in February, 2017, recommended for induction of personnel in the middle and senior management level in the Government with the twin objective of bringing in fresh talent and augment the availability of manpower. Accordingly, it was decided to undertake lateral recruitment on contract/deputation basis often Joint Secretaries and fortyDirectors/Deputy Secretariesin the identified Ministries/Departments.
At first, it was decided to make lateral recruitment to ten posts of Joint Secretaries during 2018-19. Eight Joint Secretaries were appointed, and out of these seven are in position at present. Accordingly, it is now proposed to fill three posts at Joint Secretary level. In addition, it is proposed to fill twenty-seven posts at Director level and thirteen posts at Deputy Secretary level through lateral recruitment on contract/deputation (including short term contract) basis.
Through lateral recruitment,eight Joint Secretaries were appointed during 2019, in the Ministries/Departments of Civil Aviation, Commerce, Economic Affairs, New and Renewable Energy, Financial Services, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Road Transport and Highways, and Ports, Shipping & Waterways.