Bhubaneswar: Members of the Odisha Legislative Assembly today raised concerns over vacant Revenue Inspector (RI) and Amin posts in the State.

Seeking a reply from Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi, ruling party MLA Prafulla Samal stated that while the government is suffering losses of crores due to land encroachment, there are lot of vacant RI and Amin posts in the State.

Alleging that the government is also yet to set up RI circle in every panchayat though a decision in this regard was taken earlier, Samal said, “Due to shortage of RIs and Amins, the encroached land cannot be demarcated and measured. While the State has 6,831 gram panchayats, only 2,271 RI circle are functioning. How can the work be done in a Tehsil without RIs and Amins? The government must take steps to appoint one RI and Amin in every panchayat."

Raising his concern Congress MLA Narasingha Mishra also questioned how the revenue administration of a district can function without adequate number of RIs and Amins.

Toeing similar lines, another Congress MLA Sura Routray said, “Two months since Cyclone Fani ravaged the State, RIs are unable to submit a report on house damages. The government shall immediately review the situation and fill up the vacant posts.”

Replying to the queries of the members, Minister Marndi said at present, 503 RI posts are vacant as against the sanctioned strength of 2,453 in the State. In Bolangir alone, 75 posts are lying vacant whereas 25 posts are yet to be filled in Bhadrak.

“As the Model Code of Conduct was in force earlier, the vacant RI and Amin posts could not be filled up. But, now the State government has begun the process of recruitment,” said Marndi.