About the Lateral Entry

Context:

  • The recent proposal of 31 applicants for induction into senior and mid-level positions in various union ministries by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the second such initiative to integrate expertise from the private sector into the senior and intermediate levels of bureaucracy. In 2019, nine private-sector lateral entrants were also inducted.

What is the issue that the experts have identified:

  • The recruitment method has been criticised by experts.
  • According to them, meritocracy necessitates fair and transparent professional recruitment practises that pass the merit test.
  • The fair selection and appointment of government personnel is the bedrock of modern merit-based bureaucracy.
  • As a result, every deviation from the established approach must also satisfy the criteria for a fair recruitment process.

The pressing need of the hour:

  • To be constitutionally correct and to reinforce the motion's validity, the recruiting procedure for induction of lateral candidates should be begun in parliament.
  • A comprehensive legal approach would not only help to clarify various aspects of lateral entry recruiting, but it would also legitimise the practise and increase political support.

What does it mean to have a "lateral entry" into government:

  • NITI Aayog supports it in its three-year Action Agenda.
  • Personnel will be hired at the middle and upper management levels of the federal government.
  • These 'lateral entrants' will serve in the central secretariat, which typically hires career bureaucrats from the All India Services and Central Civil Services.

Importance and requirement:

  • Meets the twin objectives of bringing in fresh talent and enhancing human availability by using lateral entrants who have specialised topic knowledge and experience.
  • It allows stakeholders in the governance process to participate, such as the private sector and non-profits.
  • It will contribute in the evolution of the government's organisational culture.

Why is it that lateral entry is occasionally frowned upon:

  • These appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • They're seen as back doors via which a political party can bring its own constituents out in the open.

Preliminary Exam Hot-Link:

  • Articles 309 and 312 of the Indian Constitution

Source : THE PRINT.

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