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'Lateral entry in civil services need political consensus'

There is no proposal to constitute a panel to study feasibility of lateral entry in civil services, says govt

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 10 2016 5:54PM | Updated Date: Aug 10 2016 5:56PM

'Lateral entry in civil services need political consensus'

 Issues concerning lateral entry in civil services and temporary postings of government employees in multi-national agencies and other non-profit organisations will require political consensus, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Answering questions from Congress member Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Personnel Jitendra Singh said that there is "no proposal" to constitute a committee to study the feasibility of lateral entry into the civil services.
Such decision would require political consensus, he said and added the Centre is certainly not happy with a survey that puts India at 76th position in terms of satisfactory performance of Indian bureaucracy.
"Are you satisfied with this 76th position," Tharoor quizzed the minister.
The Congress leader also lamented that "complacency" is a biggest demerit of the bureaucracy and India, unfortunately, was no exception to this.
"Why you say no proposal? As a member of parliament, I am making a proposal now," Tharoor said.
The minister quickly countered the Congress member and said the government has nowhere said it is satisfied with 76th position given to the Indian bureaucracy by a survey on Asian economies.
The survey was not officially conducted and based on a limited sample of 600, he maintained, asserting that there has been a "progressive improvement" in India's statistical ranking over the years.
"Ever since our government came to power, at the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has been clear that we are trying to bring in maximum governance and also ensure that the bureaucracy is able to deliver up to their best of potentials," Singh said.