Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 15:
The Odisha government has made no recruitment to fill up the vacant posts in several government departments over the last 14 years. On the contrary, the state government has abolished 44,197 posts during the period.
Stating this in the Assembly on Monday, Finance minister Pradip Kumar Amat said as per the annual Establishment review report of 2012-13, a total of 1,54,727 posts have fallen vacant till March, 2012.
Giving details on the abolition of posts in various departments since 2000, the minister said while 838 posts have been abolished in the Finance department, 3496 posts have been abolished in the Agriculture department, 845 in Commerce, 76 in Transport, 587 in Cooperation, 20 in Energy, 1864 in Fisheries and Animal Resources Development, 206 in Forest and Environment, 3890 in Health and Family Welfare, 2653 in Higher Education, 641 in Home, 330 in Housing and Urban Development, 1231 in Industry, 205 in Information and Public Relations, 29 in Law, 491 in Panchayati Raj, 11 in General Enterprises, 3 in Pension Administration and Grievances, 4870 in Revenue, 109 in Excise, 1022 in Rural Development, 3426 in School and Mass Education, 9 in Science and Technology, 502 in SC and ST Development, 24 in Sports and Youth Affairs, 32 in Tourism, 70 in Culture, 1252 in Steel and Mines, 4763 in Water Resources, 2665 in Works, 1068 in Women and Child Development, 164 in Textiles and Handloom and 6 in Information Technology department.
The minister also informed the House that while there no post in the State Assembly Secretariat has been abolished, 543 posts in the Odisha University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT), 257 posts in other universities, 563 posts in several aided colleges, 469 posts in several aided schools and 1530 posts in several civic bodies have been abolished.