Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 24:
In its recruitment drive, the Odisha government today decided to make appointments to 40,000 vacant posts in different government departments within six months by amending some clauses in the government recruitment rules.
Presiding over a high-level review meeting at the State Secretariat here, chief minister Naveen Patnaik directed all departments to complete the recruitment process within the said period.
According to sources, appointments would be made against the vacant posts of school teachers, doctors, engineers, police personnel and assistants in Home, School and Mass Education, Higher Education, Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste Welfare, Revenue and Disaster Management, Agriculture, Cooperation, Animal Resources Development and Panchayati Raj departments.
The meeting also resolved to set up an Empowered Committee under the chairmanship of the additional chief secretary, Finance, to expedite the process of appointment.
Other than employment to the educated youth, the drive would also help expedite government work, said the chief minister who asked all department secretaries to inform the Finance department of their manpower requirement and get approval for the same.
He also asked them to take up the matter with the Empowered Committee and ensure that most of the vacant posts filled within the stipulated time.
However, whether it is a case of mere bravado, or the government means business, will be known after a couple of months, a retired senior Odisha bureaucrat said.