A top official said on Tuesday that the Mamata Banerjee government is considering following in the footsteps of the BJP-led central government by choosing lateral entry into the bureaucracy in key positions such as Special Secretary and Joint Secretaries.
As part of the lateral entrance strategy, these officials could be assigned as advisors to other departments. According to the official, the specifics of their job profile and tasks have still to be “chalked out.” All these appointments will be contractual for a specific period only. Their eligibility criteria will be equivalent to an IAS official,” the IAS officer said.
According to plans, such lateral entrants would need at least 15 years of relevant experience, he added. The state’s Department of Home Personnel and Administrative Reforms would determine the pay and benefits of these lateral entry officers.
Another well-placed source, who did not want to be identified, claimed the government would promote the lateral recruitment positions.
“Anyone with a minimum experience of 15 years in the fields of civil aviation, commerce, economic affairs will be eligible for the positions. As of now, it has been decided that the age of the candidate should not be less than 40 years,” he added.
The request could be brought to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s office for her approval, according to the senior officer.BP Gopalika, the state’s home secretary, could not be reached for comment despite multiple attempts.
The Centre announced in 2018 that the lateral entrance strategy would serve the dual purpose of introducing subject expertise into the civil service while also addressing the issue of IAS officer shortages.
The central government posted 30 positions for lateral recruitment at the level of joint secretaries and directors in February. The UPSC published advertising that month seeking online applications for three-year contract positions in ministries, departments, PSUs, and autonomous bodies.