The Union Cabinet today approved formation of a group 'A' service of technical cadre of Petroleum and Safety Organisation (PESO) to be known as Indian Petroleum and Explosives Safety Service.
PESO is a subordinate office under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. It is a nodal agency for regulating safety of substances such as explosives, compressed gases and petroleum.
"The measure will enhance the capacity and efficiency of the organisation and it will also enhance career progression of its Group A' officers," the commerce and industry ministry said in a statement.
The cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the "cadre review and formation of Group A' service of the technical cadre" of PESO in the name of Indian Petroleum and Explosives Safety Service.
It said that the present sanctioned strength of Technical Group A' cadre is 137, having 60 Junior Time Scale level officers and 46 Senior Time Scale level officers.
To remove acute stagnation in all grades and uplift the morale of the workforce and enhance its performance, it has been decided to form group A' service and restructure the newly-formed service.
"Over the years, the role and responsibilities of PESO have increased manifold and expanded into diverse fields," it added.
Today, the organisation deals with wide range of subjects related to explosives, petroleum, compressed gases, pressure vessels, gas cylinders, cross-country pipelines, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Auto Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Auto LPG).
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