Bhubaneswar: Over 1.30 lakh posts were lying vacant in various state government departments, a senior Minister informed the Assembly today.
A total of 1,31,518 government posts, both plan and non-plan, have been vacant till March 31, 2018 against the sanctioned strength of 5,83,021, State Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari said in a written reply to the question posed by Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra on “Sanctioned Strength of Government Employees”.
“ Will the minister of Finance be pleased to state that: What is the present sanctioned strength of Government Employees/Officers in the State? What is the vacancies position and how many posts have been abolished; Will the govt furnish details deptt. wise and cadre wise?,” Mishra asked.
Referring to the Annual Establishment Review Report, the Finance Minister said, “The sanctioned strength of government employees/officers as well as vacancies as on 31.03.2018 were 4,97,257 and 1,20,512 respectively. Besides, the sanctioned strength and vacancies of the organisations receiving grant-in-aid as on 31.03.2018 are 85,764 and 11,006 respectively.”
“A total of 41,635 posts have been abolished in different departments from 1999 to 2008,” he said.
Sources revealed that there was steep a rise in vacancies in some major departments like Home, Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Rural Development, Works, Cooperation, Food & Civil Supplies, Skill Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water, among others.