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- Sexual Harassment Charges against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi
- All You Need to know about Electoral Bonds
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- General Elections 2019
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- PM Modi’s Mission Shakti Speech & Model Code of Conduct
- Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s latest Controversy
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- Should SC Judges be under RTI ambit?
- Supreme Court Judgement on Tainted Candidates
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Governance & Social Justice
- Candida Auris : Drug- resistant fungi
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- Healthcare System for India, Difference in USA & European healthcare model?
- Lateral Entry in Civil Services explained
- Model policy for Women in Police
- NIRF India Rankings 2019 declared
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- Survey 2019 Ambitions Beyond Growth report by UNESCAP
- World Health Statistics Overview 2019 report on Life Expectancy
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- Supreme Court compensation order on Bilkis Bano case
- WHO guidelines on physical activity for children under 5 years of age
- Global Talent Competitive Index 2019
- Algeria Political Crisis
- EU’s new Copyright Law, Will it change Web Worldwide?
- India Pakistan Kartarpur Corridor Talks
- India to Become NATO Ally?
- Japan Starts a New Era
- Julian Assange Arrested
- Sudan Political Crisis
- Trump designates Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran
- United Nations Has to Pay India $38 Million
- US labels Revolutionary Guard of Iran a terror organisation
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- Why is UAE Important for India?
- Why is Chile Important for India?
- India Pakistan Conflict De-escalation Mechanisms
- India suspends cross LoC trade with Pakistan
- What is Arab Spring 2.0?
- India to stop buying Oil from Iran
- Trump withdraws from UN arms treaty
- Asian Development Outlook 2019
- China’s growth after slowdown
- Foreign Investment in India
- India’s 20th Livestock Census
- India’s transition to Renewable Energy from conventional sources
- Indian Army Builds The Longest Bridge of India Over Indus In Leh
- India Energy Modelling Forum by NITI Aayog & USAID
- National Common Mobility Card launched
- Rise and fall of Private Airlines in India
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- Slowdown in Industrial Growth & rising Inflation
- Supreme Court order on EPFO
- Supreme Court quashes RBI’s 12 February Circular on NPA
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- 1st Bimonthly Monetary Policy review – April 2019
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Defence & Security
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- India to Buy MH60 Romeo Helicopters
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- Nirbhay Missile Successfully Tested
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- Draft Indian Forest Act 2019
- Gujarat Fishermen’s victory in US Supreme Court
- Humpback Mahseer Fish included in Critically Endangered list by IUCN
- India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP)
- Jammu & Kashmir Environment Issues
- Madras High Court order on Chennai Salem Highway
- Monkey declared Vermin in Himachal Pradesh
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- State of Global Climate report 2018
- What is Green Finance Ecosystem?
- Wind turbines are impacting ecology in Western Ghats
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Spice of the Month
Lateral Entry in Civil Services explained
- GS 2 || Governance & Social Justice || Administration || Personnel Administration
Why in news?
- The government selected nine professionals, largely from the private sector, as joint secretaries in various departments, signaling in a major shift in the entry of professionals in shaping policies.
- Globalisation has made the business of governance an increasingly complex activity, demanding specialist skills and knowledge like never before.
- The government’s lateral entry scheme, enabling applicants in the private sector to apply for 10 joint secretary posts in different departments, is a sensible first step towards accessing a wider talent pool.
- This direct induction of private sector experts into the ranks of the civil service, with specified posts and salary scales and perks can be considered a continuum of sorts of successive governments’ attempts to introduce external expertise in governance.
- This latest move marks a great leap forward in the institutional outlook of the UPSC.
- Institutional challenges: Inducting private sector experts into line functions involves a host of institutional challenges, however.
- Chief among them is the quality of people who are hired.
- External experts have to meet a specified education qualification norm and those shortlisted undergo UPSC interviews before signing on. It is unclear whether this is an optimal way of inducting external experts.
- The second challenge is how far the government can leverage their expertise.
- Doing so requires the creation of an enabling environment for these experts to function, an exercise that will demand a high degree of cooperation from the bureaucracy.
- This is easier said than done, not least because of the inevitable tensions between generalists and specialists.
- Besides, career bureaucrats anywhere in the world display an instinctive tribalism that raises the bar for outsiders to function with any degree of efficiency.
- The manner in which the IAS, for example, has pressured the government to appoint one of their own central bank governors is a case in point.
- Those who sign up as external experts also discover that such basics as access to files and to ministerial meetings can become matters of high politics.
- Much, therefore, depends on how far the political executive is willing to facilitate the functioning of these external experts.
- Having broken through the glass ceiling of the civil services, it would also make sense for the government to widen the ambit of its search for regulatory heads.
- At present, with the exception of the Reserve Bank of India for a brief period, the selection of sectoral regulators or tribunal heads appears to be earmarked for retired bureaucrats and public sector company chiefs.
- There is no logic for the government to circumscribe itself in this manner.
- There is a wealth of talent in the Indian private sector and the diaspora that the government could access to improve the quality of policy decision-making.
- In the larger context, therefore, lateral entries into the civil service would be a good test case.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
- The Union Public Service Commission is India’s premier central recruiting agency.
- It is responsible for appointments to and examinations for All India services and Group A & Group B of Central services.
- While Department of Personnel and Training is the central personnel agency in India.
- The commission is mandated by the Constitution for appointments to the services of the Union and All India Services.
- It is also required to be consulted by the Government in matters relating to the appointment, transfer, promotion and disciplinary matters.
- The commission reports directly to the President and can advise the Government through him. Although, such advice is not binding on the Government.
- Being a constitutional authority, UPSC is amongst the few institutions which function with both autonomy and freedom, along with the country’s higher judiciary and lately the Election Commission.
- Established on 1 October 1926 as Public Service Commission, it was later reconstituted as Federal Public Service Commission by the Government of India Act, 1935; only to be renamed as today’s Union Public Service Commission after the independence.
- The lateral entry scheme, if implemented properly, may foster more competitive spirit, break the complacency of the higher civil servants and eventually prove to be a pioneering initiative in public interest. Critically analyze.