Mayawati opposed lateral entry into civil services after Centre issues ads for senior…

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday opposed the Narendra Modi government’s decision to allow lateral entry into government service at the level of joint secretary in various departments.

The decision to open senior bureaucratic posts to professionals who had not cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination clearly showed the Modi government’s administrative failure, she said.

Terming lateral entry a dangerous trend, the BSP chief said it will increase the influence of big capitalists in policy making.

There was a practice in the central and state governments to hire experts on contract basis, she said. But appointing a private person to the post of joint secretary (at the centre), which is equivalent to the post of secretary in the state government without UPSC approval was a mockery of the existing system of governance, she said.

Describing lateral entry as a wrong practice, she said it was a matter of concern that the central government had failed to prepare experts in government departments.

A department of personnel and training (DoPT) advertisement published in leading newspapers stated the government is 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 highways, shipping, environment, forests and climate change, new and renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce.

The advertisement also said, “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.”

Mayawati also took the state government to task on the law and order front.

“The killing of lawyer Ravi Tiwari in Allahabad and the attack on Kashif Jameel, brother of suspended BRD Medical College Dr Kafeel Khan, in Gorakhpur shows ‘jungle raj’ prevails in the state,” she said.

“It seems the chief minister’s order for strict action against criminals has failed to improve the law and order situation,” she said.