Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday in Guwahati announced that the Assam Employees’ Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring Act-2017 – better known as the Assam Employees PRANAM Act would be implemented in the state from October 02, the day of Gandhi Jayanti celebration this year.
“PRANAM Act, first of its kind in the country will be implemented in the state from October 02 next. The implementation of the Act will compel Assam government employees to take care of their respective parents. The Act also has provisions for helping siblings with physical or mental disabilities”, said Sarma.
The first-of-its-kind legislation has got Assam Governor’s assent and has become a law in the state . PRANAM Act – is aimed at ensuring that employees do not neglect their loved ones in times of need.
Sarma said that before enforcing the Act, a three members commission would be constituted . The commission to be headed by a retired employee with rank of additional chief secretary. The commission will look after all issues related with the Act. The name of the commission will be PRANAM commission.
The Act has provisions for deducting 10% of an employee’s pay and transferring it to the account of the relatives concerned. Another 5% would be deductible if the employee has a differently abled sibling.
The parents or needy siblings who feel neglected can lodge complaints with the head of the department of the person.
“It is aimed at ensuring that employees do not neglect their loved ones in times of need. It will ensure that all government employees look after their dependents including parents” , added Sarma.
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