The initiative is being called lateral recruitment to senior positions in the government.
The period of contract will be for three years from the date of commencement of service, extendable up to five years depending upon performance.
The criteria for applicants include minimum age of 40 years as on July 1, 2018, graduate from a recognized university or institute. Higher qualifications would be an added advantage. Those who are eligible to apply are officers of any state or Union Territories government who are already working at an equivalent level or are eligible for appointment to equivalent level in their cadre, with relevant experience.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh said the government’s decision of introducing lateral entry of 10 positions as joint secretaries is an endeavour to give every Indian a chance to grow depending on his or her capability.