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Odisha Cabinet Approves 3 Proposals On Departmental Promotions


02 February 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet approved three proposals at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here today.

Reportedly, the Cabinet approved the amendment to the Odisha Police Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules 2013 and Odisha Armed Police Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules 2018.

Under the new rules the departmental promotion committee will be reconstituted for expeditious promotion of officers of Odisha Police Service and Odisha Armed Police Service.

Further, the amendment of the Odisha Government Drivers (Light Motor Vehicle) Group 'C' (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2013 received the Cabinet nod.

The Odisha Government Drivers (Light Motor Vehicle) Group 'C' (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2013 regulates the recruitment and Conditions of Service of the posts of Drivers of Light Motor Vehicle in the Departments of Government, Heads of Department, District and Sub-ordinate offices.

As per provisions contained under rule 3 (1) of the Odisha Government Drivers (Light Motor Vehicle) Group 'C' (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2013, the service consists of the posts of Driver and Senior Driver.

The Cabinet approved the proposal to amend the relevant provisions to provide additional promotional avenues to the Drivers, as the Finance Department vide a circular dated 04.12.2018 had created one post of Head Driver, where the government establishments will have four posts of Driver and Senior Driver put together.

Thirdly, the Cabinet approved the proposal to amend the Odisha Secretariat Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2016.

As per the new rules, the experience criteria of Assistant Section Officers for consideration of promotion to the rank of Section Officer has been reduced from 12 years of continuous service to eight years.

Similarly, for promotion to the post of Deputy Secretary and Joint Secretary, the service experience in the feeder post of Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary respectively has been reduced from three years to one year.