Health Minister AL Hek on Monday reiterated the need for the state government to review its decision to reimburse 95 percent income tax of All India Service (AIS) officers serving in the state.
This also came after Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had maintained that the question of the government changing its decision in this regard does not arise.
On February 26, the state Cabinet approved the introduction of a special incentive package to reimburse 95 percent of the total income tax payable by all India service officers serving in the state.
When asked, Hek told reporters that his opinion on the decision remains the same.
“Whatever may be the case, my opinion remains the same. I have not asked the government to change its decision but what I am saying is that there are so many taxpayers, those who were born and brought up here and are working in government organizations – if they are paying AIS officers, they have to pay for them also,” he asserted.
“There are so many doctors working in civil hospitals, many professors teaching in NEHU, many working in NEIGRIHMS, and others – the same yardstick has to apply to them also.
That is also very particular to those born and brought up in the state. Why we have to see with a different eye, the same yardstick should be done,” he added.
Asked, Hek said, “That day I was not there in the cabinet meeting when they have taken this decision but I am part of this decision but still I have my own opinion, what is wrong in giving my opinion, where has it written that I have to resign?
I have my own opinion as a minister, what is wrong in giving an opinion. If it is wrong to give my opinion I can be charged sheeted also.”