Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 15:
Although Odisha has an authorised strength of 226 IAS, 188 IPS and 141 IFS cadre officers, there are as many as 50 , 78 and 40 posts respectively, which have been lying vacant, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said in his reply to a query from BJP MLA Dilip Ray on Monday in the state Assembly.
However, despite a short fall of 168 officers in the three cadres, the state government has allowed 37 IAS, 20 IPS and 7 IFS officers ( in all 64) to go on Central deputation.
In response to a separate question by the BJP MLA Ray, the state Finance Minister Pradip Amat told the House that more than 1,54,727 posts in various government departments were lying vacant and of that 44,197 sanctioned posts had already been abolished.
The Annual Establishment Review 2012-13 showed that as many as 1,54,727 posts were lying vacant in different government departments till March 31, 2012. This includes 4708 Grade A posts, 6857 Grade B posts, 1,15,472 Grade C posts, 19,055 Grade D posts and 8635 posts under grant-in-aid (GIA).
The highest number of 75,072 vacancies exist in the School and Mass Education Department (SME), followed by 15,211 in Home department, 13,498 in Health & Family Welfare Department, 10,124 in Revenue Department, Amat informed the House.
He said a total of 40,319 posts have been abolished between January 2000 and June 30 2014.
In response to yet another question by BJP MLA Dilip Ray, the state Revenue & Disaster Management Minister Bijayshree Routray said 297 posts out of the required strength of 1416 OAS officers in the state are lying vacant.
Giving details on the break-up, Routray said 3 posts of deputy collectors, 143 posts of assistant collectors, 41 additional sub-collectors, 117 assistant collectors (sub division), 25 tehsildars, 247 additional tehsildars are lying vacant in the state.