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2) India’s lateral entry programme has the potential to introduce new thinking and new expertise into key ministries. In this context, discuss how the idea can be successfully implemented on the ground.(250 words)

Topic–  Role of civil services in a democracy

2) India’s lateral entry programme has the potential to introduce new thinking and new expertise into key ministries. In this context, discuss how the idea can be successfully implemented on the ground.(250 words)

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Why this question

Although the topic has already been extensively covered (discussed in previous questions), the above-cited article provides new insights into the issue. It provides us with a guide, as to how the scheme can be implemented more effectively on the ground.

Directive word

Discuss- This is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to briefly highlight the importance of allowing lateral entry into civil services and then discuss in detail as to how the scheme can be effectively implemented on the ground.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– Write a few lines about the positive implications of allowing lateral entry into civil services- e.g bringing fresh talent with different experiences from outside, introduce new thinking and new expertise into key ministries; enthusing competition among civil servants etc.

Body-

Discuss in points, what needs to be done in order to ensure that the idea is successfully implemented on the ground.

E.g Establish objective criteria- The key decision makers involved in making a senior appointment need to pre-determine what skills, qualities and experiences the role requires; Having objective criteria also gives decision makers confidence that their appointments will be able to stand up to public scrutiny without fear of seeming biased towards or against candidates.

Target the talent you need- It must proactively identify and approach executives with the desired skills and experience.

Look for potential to succeed in this environment- resilience, ability to engage with others, curiosity etc.

Conclusionsum up your discussion in a few lines and form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the above issue.