New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, V. Narayanasamy, today assured to consider the plea of All India Service tribal officers of north east states of AGMUT cadres for tax exemption while posted outside their respective states.
His assurance came when an officers' delegation of Arunachal Pradesh, including senior IAS officer Huzar Lollen and Delhi Police Joint Commissioner Robin Hibu led by Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Takam Sanjoy called on him to draw his attention towards the anomaly.
Though the Government of India has exempted income tax for all India officers belonging to north east while on central deputation vide order No. 14017/4/2005-AIS (II), dated 16th February 2009, but the AGMUT cadre officers from Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram when posted to Delhi, Chandigarh, Goa, Pudducherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman are not exempted under the provision.
As the Lok Sabha MP pointed out that it was not a special dispensation but interpretation of existing provision, Narayanasamy informed that he would call on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on the issue.
Sanjoy requested Narayanasamy to add an addendum to the above letter by inserting
"The tribal officers of AGMUT cadre (IAS, IPS, IFS) of All India Service should be exempted from income tax when they serve outside their home states" for IT exemption, would serve as an incentive and morale booster.
Narayanasamy told Asian News International (ANI) that he would give his comment after meeting the Finance Minister.
"I would be visiting Arunachal Pradesh soon," he said.
This is the first move of the members of Delhi-Arunachali Forum (DelAru), which sprang up after the maiden Delhi-Arunachali get together held at 8, Firoz Shah Road bungalow here at the initiative of Sanjoy on July 13. By Pradeep Kumar(ANI)