Bhubaneswar, Aug 23: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday asked Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) to complete Odisha civil services examinations in definite time schedule every year on the lines of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
Reviewing the progress of recruitment to different Government departments asked OPSC to reduce Odisha Civil Services Examination calendar from 14-15 months to 10-12 months on the lines of UPSC.
“This will ensure a steady flow of officers every year enabling smooth functioning of State administration,” said the Chief Minister.
Taking stock of progress in appointments, Chief Minister shared that more than 1,600 persons have been recruited to different posts in last two months.
“Of 70,400 vacant posts, 34,220 have been filled up and 35,093 are at different stages of recruitment. I asked all concerned to take necessary steps to fill up remaining 1,250 posts,” said teh Chief Minister.
He directed proactive action for removal of legal hurdles inhibiting recruitment process.
He directed the Law Minister to take up various recruitment-related litigations with the Advocate General, Law Secretary and Government advocates of Odisha Administrative Tribunal every month.
Also directing for completion of recruitment to Secretariat Assistant Section Officers posts by September 15 and assistant Sub-Inspectors of Police by October 16, Patnaik instructed the Health and Family Welfare Department to issue appointment letters to selected assistant surgeons within a fortnight.
Patnaik also discussed speeding up recruitment to Odisha Forest Service, assistant professors for Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), revenue staff along with base level posts under School and Mass Education, Agriculture, Home and Planning and Convergence Departments.