Guwahati, February 28: In the view of giving importance to the family, Assam has launched a unique bill which aims at protecting the elderly parents of the government employees. Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday launched the PRANAM Commission, a panel set up to look after the issues concerning a Bill brought in for protection of parents of state government employees.
Stated to be the first-of its-kind Bill in the country, the Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill is an effort to protect elderly parents of government employees in their times of need. The Assam CM said, "We have ensured that no state government employee can ignore their elderly parents and unmarried differently abled siblings. The PRANAM Bill is an effort from the state government to protect them and give them financial security.”
PRANAM Bill, which was approved by the state cabinet last year, makes it mandatory for state government employees to look after their parents and unmarried differently abled siblings who do not have their own sources of income.
As per the Bill, if the PRANAM Commission gets a complaint that parents of a state government employee is being ignored, then 10 or 15 per cent of the employee's salary will be deducted by the government and paid to the parents or differently abled siblings.
Speaking on the occasion, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said this Bill would benefit 8 lakh parents of 4 lakh state government employees. Employees of private companies and the central government working in the state would also be covered by the Bill at a later stage, he said.
The chief minister also handed over appointment letters to chief commissioner V B Pyarelal and commissioners Dr Alaka Desai Sarma and Jugabala Buragohain of the PRANAM Commission.