Centre to include 400 domain experts from private sector, aimed at boosting expertise in govt dept

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New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is all set for inducting 400 domain experts to fill DS/Director posts. The move is made for boosting efficiency and bring more expertise into various government departments.

Government has been rooting for lateral entry to bridge the acute talent shortfall at the top of policy making. Officials at DoPT have also been asked to frame a process for recruitment and evaluation of private sector employees into central administration.

If implemented, the proposal could take away 60 per cent of the 650 posts at the DS/Director level under the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS). These posts are currently available to officers from the three all-India services and 37 participating services such as Railways, Customs, Income Tax etc.

C Chandramouli, the Secretary of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), has asked officials concerned to prepare a formal proposal for the induction of domain experts at the level of DS and Director, the officials said.

A total of 40 such officers are likely to be appointed initially, they said.

Government think-tank Niti Aayog had, in a report, highlighted that it was essential that specialists be inducted into the system through lateral entry on fixed-term contract.

Niti Aayog is also considering to appoint domain experts at different levels, from Deputy Secretary to Joint Secretary, the officials said.

It has been hiring consultants but these domain experts, if inducted, will be at par with those coming from government services, they said, adding that an advertisement seeking applications from private sector specialists is likely to be issued soon.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the civil services examination to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others, had in April this year, selected nine private sector specialists as Joint Secretaries.

A total of 6,077 applications were received in response to the government’s advertisement.

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