The central government has withdrawn special benefits including additional monetary allowance given to all India Services (AIS) officers belonging to the Northeast cadre.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) in its order yesterday to all the State Chief Secretaries informed that special incentives and allowances of additional 25 per cent basic pay among other incentives granted to AIS officers posted in Northeast be withdrawn with immediate effect.
The additional monetary allowance introduced in 2009 for 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 has been discontinued.
The order also said that the incentive of reimbursement of payable Income Tax to Tribal All India Service officers belonging to the North-East Cadres while on central deputation has been withdrawn as well as the post-retirement housing facility which was introduced in the year 2007 for officers belonging to cadres.
The inter-cadre deputation for officers of NE cadres that was consolidated in 2017 has also been withdrawn.
Meanwhile, AIS officers posted in the Northeast, the All North East IAS and other Associations are preparing to send representations to DOPT to withdraw its order.
Some of the AIS officers serving in the North Eastern states have described the order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) on Friday as “insensitive and abrupt with no regard or consideration of suffering and challenges which AIS officers posted in the North Eastern States face.”