The Big Picture – Lateral Entry in Bureaucracy



In a new initiative to attract capable minds, the government has opened up senior-level bureaucratic posts for “talented and motivated” people who have never taken a UPSC exam. The government is looking for 10 “outstanding individuals”, even from the private sector. On this edition of ‘The Big Picture’ we analyse if lateral entry in bureaucracy is a good or bad idea.

Guests – Vivek Katju, Former Ambassador,
Sushil Chandra Tripathi, Former Principal Secretary, Government of U.P.,
Sanjay Kumar, Partner, Deloitte

Anchor: Frank Rausan Pereira

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36 thoughts on “The Big Picture – Lateral Entry in Bureaucracy

  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    in 10 seats also reservation..?? lol.. first point of this video was the lateral enteries are introduced so that government can look after the talent.. than in that also u r looking for reservation too.. it this a joke going on.. if lateral enteries have been done before also than there was not requirement of reducing seats of upsc for selection of just 10 candidates.. upsc is having barely 700 seats from that atleast 300 students are those who give re-examination for rank improvement….where other candidates should go who are not getting selected just because of quotas or little less rank? there is need for reforms in upsc.. re-examination for rank improvement should be stopped to avoid the wasting of seats every year or seats should me increased and difficulty level should me little reduced…or upsc should stick to examination pattern…..

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Really disappointed by this move of Govt.
    We must collectively oppose this move of lateral entry.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Ye kaun log hai inko sayad nahi pata upse exam ka level kya hota hai..ab toh lagata hai ki upsc Ka bhi privatisation ho jayega….

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    lateral entry is not a good decision at all.
    morever upsc can make syllabus more dynamaic,practical n specific but lateral entry must not be
    enacted

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Bjp needs money from all quarters of government to give their local gunday for 2019 elections…ssc me scam aur Upsc ne scam se mana kar diya to ab private walo se lekar unke bande legi

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    That's why there should be a strong opposition.
    we have seen in last four years that a single person is disturbing and destroying the constitutional bodies and making his hold and that is not good for democracy.
    I oppose this change

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Bring lateral entry into politics too…it would also bring expertise in that sector

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    People from ias go to pvt sectors …only they should be allowed…as they have written upsc also..and have expertise too…

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    As rightly pointed out by panels, transparency and fairness in selection and appointment are the keys to make lateral entry feasible. But the reality is that India is a country where everything is politicised and transparency (India is Asian's most corrupt country) is increasingly hard to come by. Again, as one of the panels mentioned, this lateral entry should be on pilot project basis.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    we have great talent within our system and already existing in our service and we give them transfers
    incase if he does creative and innovative work because bosses will be always politicians and they decide finally. what will happen if politicians does not approve the innovation on basis of vote bank politics… unnecessary argument and illogical move from the government…government should focus their inside dynamic leaders with different sector and send them for live training into foreign countries to understand and everything is in your hand on this digital world… this is and execuse and that's all…..

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    The politicians wants to screw up the youth of this country. I really pity the aspirants from rural background, with lateral entry they'll have zero scope to get into the services. Besides, we would all have a rough idea what kind of people would be entertained into the services. Sigh! It's so sad. Nepotism will be entertained! These politicians have zero subject knowledge and can rule the country then why not the people clearing civil services exams become bureaucrats?? These losers are destroying the dreams of millions serious aspirants 🙁

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Very clear and logical thought process and speaking by Sushil Chandra sir, highlighted the pros and cons quite comprehensively.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    It is more sensitive topic as we think about it from all sides.what is the real reason behind this thought, do we really short of efficient people in civil servants??… i don't think so. as it has a lot of pros and a lot of cons, the selection procedure and term span can give the edge.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Lol. Many fools in comments section didn't even watch full video. Or They think these panelists are fools.
    My conviction to vote modi getting stronger looking at these rabid dogs. Sorry but truth.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Resistance of BJP policies are only on the grounds of "hypothetical" fear. Some people are suffering from RSS Phobia.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Ab coaching me jaane se acha RSS me jao agar Ias banke is desh k liye acha karna h to…par RSS jakar mindwash Mat ho jaana, kahi wapas aakar riots karane lago

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    This in unconstitutional as constitution has provided safeguards with a view that government won’t be able to fill bureaucracy with its loyal people…bureaucrats sud only be loyal to country and constitution and not to bjp which is the motive of this move

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Lateral Entry
    pros:
    1) Utilizing Private Expertise
    2) Increase in resource availability
    3)Mixing of Private Public domain knowledge
    4) Successful examples : Dr. Manmohan Singh, Montek Singh ..

    cons:
    1) Implementation needs transparency to inspire confidence
    2) Administration is a complex procedure hence advisory Role should be assigned first than promotion depends on performance
    3) Difference in value system in Public and Private sector
    4) Income and duration of service not enough to encourage a career in administration
    5) Example East India Company took decades to adjust to administrative scope in INDIA

    Issues to ponder:
    1) Reservation
    2) Change in bureaucracy structure
    3) Selection procedure

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    reducing UPSC seats & pushing for lateral entry is a smart move. lateral entry selection should be transparent fair & merit based. specialist people should be at policy making position

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    NOBODY IS GOING TO VOTE FOR BJP BECAUSE THEY ARE MAKING EACH AND EVERY INSTITUTION POLITICALLY NON NEUTRAL.SICK

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    A dirty move by govt ,now a days selection commission like SSC…are badly affected by politician and totally failed to deliver the transparent selection. Here govt is going to higher own people…

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    It seems a good no. of CS aspirants are obsessed with IAS, IPS etc. They frequently say serving the country and national interests are their priority. But, they can't even digest the idea of lateral entry which at least deserves a try.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Govt should think about the, offering specialized ministry within the course of IAS TRAINING. Basic training ND then training in different govt department so that particular candidate ll continue with that ministry throughout the career ND become specialized

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    This is a good move provided that there will be transparency in selection process. We should see the ministries chosen for this, they all are related to the economy, infrastructure and development and they really need domain experts for new innovative ideas and schemes. We should notice that the crucial ministries like defence or MEA or home ministry are not included so we should understand that the government are not trying to disturb the fabric of the bureaucracy but their intention are to use best brains in the government. Those we aspire to become civil servants should trust the government under whom they have to work.
    I believe that IAS officers have enough knowledge and they all are very talented but still we should agree that one person will never become an expert and will never be experienced in aviation, commerce, finance and highways at the same time. We need different people who are experts in their domain. In current system we are only taking generalist in all sectors who have knowledge but are not experts of what they are doing.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    upsc exam is about general studies. All of which are going to be studying relevant things instead of depth. Then, it is for the post of joint secretary which will take some time for us to reach even if we become officers. Third, what guarantee is there that when the govt. requires a capable person for shipping, agriculture sector which we as general studies students will be able to provide with lesser experience than that expert..

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