Anukathir Surya makes history: Hyderabad IRS officer and transman’s name, gender identity changed in official records

The 35-year-old officer hails from Tamil Nadu and had requested that his gender identity and chosen name be recorded in his official records.

BySumit Jha

Published Jul 10, 2024 | 2:44 PM Updated Jul 10, 2024 | 6:51 PM

M Anukathir Surya.

In a first, the Union government approved the request of a trans civil service officer to change the name and gender assigned to him at birth from official records and replace his dead name with his chosen name.

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer posted at Hyderabad, M Anukathir Surya’s plea to change his name and assigned gender was approved on Tuesday, 9 July, by the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Finance.

Originally from Tamil Nadu, transman Anukathir is currently posted as Joint Commissioner in the office of the Chief Commissioner, Customs, Excise, and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) at Hyderabad.

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2013 batch officer

The 35-year-old officer hails from Tamil Nadu and had requested that his gender identity and chosen name be recorded in his official records, replacing his dead name and the gender assigned to him at birth.

A 2013 batch Customs and Indirect Taxes officer, Surya holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Postgraduate Diploma from the National Law Institute University in Bhopal, obtained in 2023.

He joined as an Assistant Commissioner in Chennai and was promoted to the post of Deputy Commissioner in 2018. In June 2023, Surya was promoted to Joint Commissioner and transferred to Hyderabad.

He had a long stint of around 10 years in Chennai, working at the airport and seaport.

An official order signed by the Under Secretary, Department of Revenue (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs), Ministry of Finance, stated that Surya’s request had been accepted and the officer’s identity in official records would be changed.

“The request has been considered. Henceforth, the officer will be recognised as Mr. M. Anukathir Surya in all official records,” the official order stated.

Surya will continue his duties as Joint Commissioner, with all official documents and records updated to reflect his gender identity and chosen name. The order from the ministry also stated that the decision was taken with the “approval of the competent authority.”

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)

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