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In a significant move, the Narendra Modi government has opened its doors for private individuals with 10 job openings at Joint Secretary-level posts.

According to the advertisement published in major newspapers on Sunday, the Department of Personnel and Training is going for ‘lateral recruitment to senior positions in Government of India.’

Any 40-year-old individual working in public or private sector with minimum 15 years of experience is eligible to apply for the job.

Here are other key details according to the DoPT ad:

1: The Modi government is looking for 10 outstanding individuals with expertise in the areas of (i) Revenue (ii) Financial Services (iii) Economic Affairs (iv) Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare (v) Road Transport & Highways (vi) Shipping (vii) Environment, Forests and Climate Change (viii) New & Renewable Energy (ix) Civil Aviation and (x) Commerce.

2: Duration of Contract: The period of contract shall be for 3 years from the date of commencement extendable upto 5 years depending upon performance.

To attract talented individuals from the private sector, the government has also kept the salary structure at par.

‘Selected applicants shall be placed at the beginning of the pay scale as applicable to Joint Secretary i.e. Rs.144200-218200 per month (Level 14 of Pay Matrix). In addition, they shall be eligible for all allowances and facilities etc as applicable to the equivalent level in the Government of India,’ the ad reads.

To maintain transparency in the recruitment drive, the DoPT has barred any physical applications. And all interest individuals must submit their applications online at online at from 15th June, 2018 to 30th July, 2018 till 05:00 PM IST.

It should be noted that such open recruitment drive for private sector individuals was first suggested by the Niti Aayog last year, according to The Print.

The report also suggests that the Modi government has been grappling with the shortage of senior officers and this recruitment drive is just a beginning.

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