Guwahati, Feb 27: The Assam government has officially launched its scheme, making it mandatory for the state government employees to take care of their aged parents and unmarried divyang (differently-abled) siblings.
The scheme also called ‘PRANAM’ is first-of-its-kind in the country. “We have ensured that no state government employee ignores their old parents and unmarried divyang siblings. PRANAM bill is an effort from the state government to protect the old parents and divyang siblings in their times of need and give them financial security,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, while inaugurating The Assam Employees Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Commission here last evening.
The PRANAM Act, which was approved by the state cabinet last year, is first-of-its-kind in the country which makes it mandatory for the employees of the State government to look after their parents and unmarried divyang siblings who do not have their own source of income.
If any complaint of ignorance of old parents by a state government employee is reported to the commission, than 10 percent, or 15 percent in some cases, of the employee’s salary will be deducted by the government and paid to the aggrieved parents or divyang siblings.
The chief minister said Mahatma Gandhi had shown a bright example of selfless service to the society and it must be emulated by everyone. The state government employees would be able to set an example in the society by taking care of their parents during old age, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, state Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said this Act would benefit 8 lakh parents of 4 lakh state government employees and government is making an endeavour through it to recognise the role of the parents in the success of their children. Informing that employees of private organisations and central government working in state would also be covered in the subsequent phases, he said 16 lakh people have derived benefits from the old age pension scheme and another 7 lakh have been added in the beneficiary list.
The chief minister also handed over appointment letters to Chief Commissioner VB Pyarelal and Commissioners Dr Alaka Desai Sarma and Jugabala Buragohain of the newly constituted PRANAM commission. (UNI)