The Central Government’s decision to open up senior-level bureaucratic posts in several departments to the workers from public and private sectors was called as a move to include ‘Sanghis’ in the administrative ranks by the CPI(M).
The Central Government had given ads in leading newspapers that the government was looking for 10 “outstanding individuals”, even from the private sector, with expertise in the areas of revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, cooperation and farmers’ welfare, road transport and highway, shipping, environment, forests and climate change, new and renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce.
As a reply to this Central move, CPI(M) leader Yechury tweeted,”Why are time-tested UPSC and SSC being sought to be undermined? To fill IAS ranks with Sanghis and undermine reservation too, in the BJP’s last few months in office”.
A circular issued by the Department of Personnel and Training reads,”The Government of India invites talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building to join the government at the level of Joint Secretary”.Some are calling it a lateral recruitment to Senior positions in the government. Joint secretaries report to the secretary/additional secretary in a ministry or department and are normally appointed from all India services such as the IAS, IPS, IFS and other allied services.
The move is considered significant as it comes days after a proposal to make changes in the allocation of services to officers of the all India services after the completion of the 15-week foundation course.