Center has withdrawn special benefits including additional monetary allowance given to All India Services (AIS) officers belonging to the North East cadres.
AIS officers comprising Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) belonging to the Assam-Meghalaya joint cadre, Sikkim, Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur cadres were entitled to a special allowance of additional 25% basic pay among other incentives while being posted in Northeast. The additional monetary allowance introduced in 2009 has been discontinued.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) notified on Friday that special incentives and allowances being granted to AIS officers posted in North East States be withdrawn with immediate effect.
The order said that post-retirement housing facility for officers belonging to NE cadres shall also be withdrawn. This policy was introduced in 2007.
Since the tribal population is exempted from paying Income Tax, the facility is also extended to tribal AIS officers while being posted in NE States. Now the “incentive of reimbursement of payable Income Tax to Tribal All India Service officers belonging to the North-East Cadres while on central deputation” stands withdrawn.
The order on flexible inter-cadre deputation for officers of NE cadres that was consolidated in 2017 has also been scrapped.
A senior AIS officer posted in one of the North East States said on condition of anonymity that the order was unfair. “Extortion is quite common in these States due to insurgency related issues. The additional benefits gave a sense of security and acted as an incentive to work here. While officers from other States who belong to NE cadres are made to pay full Income Tax, their tribal counterparts are exempted,” said the officer.
It was not clear if the officers belonging to Arunachal Pradesh Goa Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) or UT cadre who are posted in NE will be affected by the present DOPT order.