At joint secretary level, only woman candidate drops out
Kakoli Ghosh, the agriculture specialist from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, who was selected to join as a joint secretary in the ministry of agriculture, has now opted out.
Of the nine selected by the Union Public Service Commission through a rigorous process, one of the most high profile candidates has declined the offer, ET has learnt.
Kakoli Ghosh, agriculture specialist from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, who was selected to join as a joint secretary in the ministry of agriculture, has now opted out.
While Ghosh confirmed the same over phone, she did not respond to ET's emailed queries to her or explain the reasons behind her decision. “I do not wish to speak much on the matter. I am humbled by the opportunity that was offered but at this point of time I am unable to join. It is a matter of regret,” Ghosh told ET over phone from Rome. Ghosh is described as a specialist with over 15 years of international experience in multilateral agreements on agriculture biodiversity, biosafety and environment.
While there is speculation that she may have chosen to stay on at FAO where she has been engaged for several years rather than join the Government of India on a three-year contract, she claimed that that the terms of the contract were known to her at the time of application itself.
Officials from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) did not comment on the matter.
The Centre decided earlier this year to bring in private sector talent at middle and senior management level in the Government. It has started the process with appointing outside experts to 10 positions of Joint Secretary in identified Ministries/Departments and intends to follow up with 40 positions at Deputy Secretary/Director level.
Over 6,000 applications were received for the ten JS level posts and only 89 of these were shortlisted for the job by the UPSC. Ultimately nine of the 89 were chosen including Kakoli Ghosh.
While Ghosh, the only woman candidate, amongst the nine selected JS-Laterals opted out, the remaining eight candidates have this month joined the government in various ministries.
Amber Dubey who was Vice Chairman US India Business Council has joined as JS in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Arun Goel- a data specialist and Vice President at Shoclues.comheads to the Commerce ministry.
Bhushan Kumar who has worked extensively in marine engineering has joined the Ministry of Shipping while Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale who has worked extensively on renewable energy has gone to the Ministry of New and Renewable energy.
Rajeev Saksena who was the Director at SAARC Development Fund is with the Department of Economic Affairs while insurance and blockchain expert Saurabh Mishra is at the Department of Financial Services. Sujit Kumar Bajpayee whop has considerable experience in hydroelectric projects and environmental science is appointed JS in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change while Suman Prasad Singh who brings 30 years of experience in the infrastructure goes to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.