Ministry Of Finance Gives Landmark Approval; IRS Officer Gets Permit To Change Gender From Female To Male

This administrative action aligns with broader efforts to uphold dignity and equality.

by Nikitha Sebastian
Ministry Of Finance Gives Landmark Approval; IRS Officer Gets Permit To Change Gender From Female To Male

In a significant move, the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has acknowledged and approved the request of Mr. M. Anukathir Surya IRS (C&IT: 2013), currently serving as Joint Commissioner in the Office of Chief Commissioner (AR), CESTAT, Hyderabad to officially change his name and gender.

IRS Officer Gets Permit To Change Gender By Ministry Of Finance

The decision, formalised through an office order dated 9 July 2024, marks a progressive step towards inclusivity and respect for individual identity within government bureaucracy. Mr. M Anukathir Surya, born on 20 October 1988, has expressed his desire for recognition under his new name and gender, which the competent authority has duly processed and approved.

“This change reflects Mr. M. Anukathir Surya’s personal identity and is a testament to the Ministry’s commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment,” stated the office order issued from the Department of Revenue, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, located at 47-B, North Block, New Delhi.

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Dignity And Equality

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The Ministry’s decision ensures that henceforth, all official communications and records will address and record Mr. M. Anukathir Surya under his chosen name, affirming his gender as male. This administrative action aligns with broader efforts to uphold dignity and equality. This will reinforce the principles of respect and recognition for all individuals within the civil service.

Secretary Shireesh Kumar Gautam has formally approved the officer’s right to self-identify and be recognized accordingly in the office order. This move is expected to set a precedent for similar instances across government departments. This will promote a more inclusive and supportive workplace environment.

The Ministry’s proactive stance on accommodating personal identity changes underscores its commitment to diversity and equality, fostering a workplace where all employees can thrive irrespective of gender identity or background.

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As the Ministry of Finance continues to uphold these values, the recognition of Mr. M. Anukathir Surya’s name and gender change serves as a beacon of progress towards a more inclusive government service. This sets a positive example for organisations nationwide.

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