The Centre has decided to induct private sector specialists at the posts of Deputy Secretary and Director. The officials told the sources that the decision is being considered as a crucial decision-making level in the bureaucratic hierarchy.

The posts are usually occupied by government servants who get selected through various Group A services like the IAS and from the promotee officers of the Central Secretariat Service among others.

C Chandramouli, the Secretary of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), has asked the officials concerned to prepare a formal proposal for the induction of domain experts at the level of DS and Director. They said a total of 40 such officers are likely to be appointed.

Government think-tank Niti Aayog considering to appoint domain experts at different levels, from Deputy Secretary to Joint Secretary, the officials said. According to them, the domain experts, if inducted, will be at par those coming from government services. They further stated that an advertisement seeking applications from private sector specialists may be issued soon.

This year in April, The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) chose nine private sector specialists as Joint Secretaries. The posts of Joint Secretaries are manned by the IPS, IAS, and other government officers.

In June last year, the Personnel Ministry invited applications for the Joint Secretary-rank posts through “lateral entry” mode which relates to the appointment of specialists from the private sector in government organizations.

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