Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to increase the number of posts in Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) and Odisha Finance Service (OFS) cadres.

While OAS posts have been increased from 1,550 to 1,700, the number of OFS posts have increased from 723 to 800, informed Chief Secretary, Aditya Prasad Padhi.

The Cabinet meeting which was chaired by Naveen Patnaik today also gave its nod to set up a Handlooms and Handicrafts development and promotion council to boost industry’s growth and ensure welfare of artisans. The government will provide Rs 20 crore during the current financial year to the council.

"The council would assess the impact of various schemes and programmes being implemented for weavers, artisans and advise the government in framing of policies for the handloom and handicraft sectors," said Padhi.

The Cabinet also decided to upgrade the cadres of Odisha Motor Vehicle Department. From now on, a Senior Class I officer will be appointed as Regional Transport Officer (RTO) and Junior Class I officer will be appointed as Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI).

Besides, the Cabinet also cleared the Odisha Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Rules 2017.