Assam launches PRANAM commission to protect parents of state government employees
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 26, 2019 launched the PRANAM Commission, which is a panel set up to look after the issues concerning a Bill brought in for the protection of parents of state government employees.
The Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill, stated to be the first-of-its-kind bill in the country, aims to protect elderly parents of government employees in their times of need.
The bill aims to ensure that no state government employee ignores their elderly parents and unmarried differently-abled siblings.
It is an effort from the state government to protect the parents and give them financial security.
• The PRANAM Bill makes it mandatory for the state government employees to look after their parents and unmarried differently-abled siblings who do not have their own sources of income.
• Under the bill’s provisions, if the PRANAM Commission gets a complaint that parents of a state government employee are 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.
• The employees of private companies and the central government working in the state would also be covered by the bill at a later stage.
Chief Commissioner: V B Pyarelal
Commissioners: Dr. Alaka Desai Sarma and Jugabala Buragohain
The PRANAM Bill was approved by the state cabinet in 2018. According to the state’s Chief Minister, it would be better if the bill did not require to be implemented.