BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has made no recruitment to fill up vacant posts in several departments during the last 14 years. On the other hand, 44,197 posts have been abolished during the period.
As per the annual establishment review report of 2012-13, as many as 1,54,727 posts were vacant till March, 2012. Official sources said since 2000, as many as 838 posts have been abolished in the Finance Department and 3,496 posts in the Agriculture Department. Posts abolished in other departments include 845 in Commerce, 76 in Transport, 587 in Cooperation, 20 in Energy, 1,864 in Fisheries and Animal Resources Development, 206 in Forest and Environment, 3,890 in Health and Family Welfare, 2,653 in Higher Education, 641 in Home, 330 in Housing and Urban Development, 1,231 in Industry, 205 in Information and Public Relations, 29 in Law and 491 in Panchayati Raj. Similarly, 11 posts in General Enterprises, three in Pension Administration and Grievances, 4,870 in Revenue, 109 in Excise, 1,022 in Rural Development, 3,426 in School and Mass Education, nine in Science and Technology, 502 in SC and ST Development, 24 in Sports and Youth Affairs, 32 in Tourism, 70 in Culture, 1,252 in Steel and Mines, 4,763 in Water Resources, 2,665 in Works, 1,068 in Women and Child Development, 164 in Textiles and Handloom and six in Information Technology Department were abolished.
No posts in Assembly Secretariat has, however, been abolished. But 543 posts in the Odisha University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT), 257 posts in other State Government-run universities, 563 posts in aided colleges, 469 posts in aided schools and 1,530 posts in civic bodies have been abolished.