Bhubaneswar, November 26 (LocalWire): The state government is facing an acute shortage of administrative officers as over one-third of the positions for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers are lying vacant in Odisha.
Sharing the latest data before the Assembly, the government stated that while the state has a combined sanctioned strength of 425 posts of Odisha cadre in IAS and IPS postings, over 31.05 per cent or 132 posts were lying vacant.
Though theoretically, 425 officers of these all India cadre are posted in the state, the services of only 369 officers are currently at the disposal of the Government of Odisha, with 56 officers on central deputation.
The vacancies are more pronounced in IPS officers’ post with 37 per cent of them lying vacant; of the sanctioned strength of 188 IPS officers, 71 posts are vacant.
To aggravate the matter, out of the 117 IPS officers of Odisha cadre in the State, 29 are on central deputation and one is on inter-state deputation.
Similarly, of the 237 sanctioned strength of IAS officers in the state 61 posts are lying vacant and out of 176 IAS officers, 27 are on central deputation and one is on inter-state deputation.
Six newly recruited IAS officers of Odisha cadre were recently added to the strength of Odisha’s top bureaucracy, while 33 Odisha Administrative Services officers were moved to the IAS cadre after promotion in 2017 and 2018.