PRANAM Commission, a panel set up to look after the issues concerning a Bill brought in for protection of parents of state government employees was launched by Assam government.
The Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill, stated to be the first-of its-kind Bill in the country, is an effort to protect elderly parents of government employees in their times of need.
Making the announcement, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal 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’. He, however, said it would be better if this Bill did not require to be implemented.
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. The 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.