Bhubaneswar: Over 30 percent civil servant posts are lying vacant with the Odisha government, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told the state Assembly.
Replying to a written question of Congress MLA Prafulla Majhi, the Chief Minister said that a whopping 1150 civil services posts are vacant in the state.
Out of the sanctioned strength of 3918 civil services posts, 2768 posts have been filled up in several cadres such as Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFS), Odisha Administrative Service(OAS), Odisha Police Service (OPS) and Odisha Revenue Service (ORS).
The statistics provided by the Chief Minister revealed that of the 237 IAS posts, 60 are lying vacant. The vacancies in IPS is 84, IFS is 48, OAS is 347, OPS is 129 and ORS are 482.
Patnaik said at present 177 IAS officers, 104 IPS officers, 93 IFS officers, 1211 OAS officers, 485 OPS officers and 698 ORS officers are discharging their duties in the state administration.
The Chief Minister said that the state had approached time to time for filling up of central civil services posts, while recruitments are also being done to the vacant civil services posts through OPSC examination.
He also informed that to some of these officials are given additional charges to ensure smooth management of the administrative works amid this shortage.