Government appoints nine professionals for joint secretary posts in ministries

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NEW DELHI: The central government on Friday appointed nine professionals as Joint Secretaries in various ministries under its lateral entry scheme.

They were appointed in Level 14 of the Pay Matrix as per the 7th Central Pay Commission, for a period of three years, as per the order.

Amber Dubey, an IIT and IIM alumnus who was working with KPMG as head—aerospace and defence, has been appointed in the civil aviation ministry, while Sujit Kumar Bajpayee, a PhD from JNU who was working with NHPC, has been appointed as joint secretary in the environment ministry. Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale, CEO of Panama Renewable Energy Group, has been appointed in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Saurabh Mishra, appointed in the department of financial services, was said to be working with a leading consultancy group.

Other names appointed are Kakoli Ghosh in agriculture ministry, Arun Goel in commerce ministry, Rajeev Saksena in the department of economic affairs, Suman Prasad Singh in road transport ministry, and Bhushan Kumar in the shipping ministry.

The nine appointments will be on contract basis.

The government had invited applications from private sector professionals above 40 years of age and with 15 years of work experience in specific fields such as economic affairs, civil aviation or commerce under its lateral entry scheme for 10 posts in June last year.

UPSC in April had declared the result of the recruitment process carried out by it and recommended the nine names for selection in as many ministries. UPSC could not identify any candidate for the revenue department because the recruitment process for the same became infructuous at the interview stage.

The lateral entry scheme was aimed at “bringing in fresh ideas and new approaches to governance and also to augment manpower”, the government had said in June last. Individuals working in private sector companies, consultancy firms and international or multinational organisations were made eligible to apply.

There is a shortage of joint secretary-level officers at the Centre presently.

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