Lateral entry is a welcome decision of the governmentLateral entry has become an apple of discord since the government has announced for recruitment of experienced people from private sector on the joint secretary level post. It means if a well qualified person has 15 years experience on a higher level post in any private organisation provided that he has domain specialisation and is 40 years old can apply for this post. Cabinet secretary will select the best out of them. Now, IAS lobby, especially, retired is mainly dissenting and showing their anger that how these people can be appointed as their senior officers without passing civil services examinations. Generally, hierarchy in bureaucracy is as follows ascending order :
Under Secretary> Deputy Secretary> Joint Secretary> Additional Secretary> Secretary.
It means these two levels of IAS officers will work under a private person.
Why government has decided to induct direct recruitment of private sector officers. First, we should understand it that lateral entry is not an unprecedented idea. It is the Congress party which brought this idea as a result the then government inducted some domains specialists in government sector as higher level officers. e.g Manmohan was brought by the then P.M Narsimha Rao and he was appointed as Economic Adviser in Industries ministry, Raghu Ram Rajan, former RBI Charirman and M Ahluwalia was appointed as Chairman of planning commission. Present government wants to Induct specialists to improve functioning in bureaucracy. Since an IAS officer takes 15 to 20 years to reach that level and there is a dearth of IAS officers in the country as well, so if these experienced people who have vast experience and specialisation in their respective fields are inducted can help government to chalk out best planning for development of the country.
It was also advised by Veerappa Moili Committee and V. Ranchandran Committe in 2005 and 2010 respectively that IAS officers should be sent into private sector to learn how to work more efficiently. As it is a well known fact that officers in private sector work more efficiently than in government sector.
Some political parties are making hue and cry that reservation will come to an end by lateral entry.