Govt withdraws additional accommodation in Delhi or other city for officers posted in North East | India News.

NEW DELHI: The Centre has withdrawn the benefit of retaining government accommodations in Delhi or any other city for IAS, IPS and other All India Service (AIS) officers posted in the North East. This is set to cause discomfort to such officers considering that their families live in such government accommodations during their posting in the northeastern states.
In circular issued on Thursday, the Directorate of Estate (DoE) under the housing and urban affairs ministry said, “Now the government has reviewed the incentives/ special allowances granted for AIS officers and central government Group A service officers working in the North Eastern Region, and accordingly, it has been decided to withdraw the benefits of retention of government accommodation at the last place of posting.”
It also said the retention of accommodation already granted to officers who have earlier been posted to the North Eastern Region will also be withdrawn. This means such officers will have to vacate their accommodations quickly.
Though the order is only meant for officers posted in the North East, sources did not rule out the possibility of the government extending this to officers posted in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and the LWE areas declared by the home ministry.
Some of the officers posted in the North East told TOI that they were stumped to see such an order. “These are considered hard postings and in most cases our families are staying in other cities. The incentive to retain government accommodation at the last place of posting was well thought to motivate officers to work in the North eastern Region,” said an official.
However, sources said that by changing the norm the government has sent a message that it doesn’t consider posting of AIS officers in the region as “hard postings”.

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