Three days after the Sarbananda Sonowal cabinet approved 'The Assam Employees Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill', the Finance Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Friday informed that the 'Pranam Scheme' will officially come into effect from 2 October, this year.
Speaking to Republic TV, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that all rules and regulations have been chalked out and the scheme will come into effect from October 2.
PRANAM is the first-of-its-kind Bill in the country which will make it mandatory for the employees of the State government to look after their parents and differently abled siblings (if any) who don’t have their own source of income.
"The scheme once into effect will ensure that the government employees take care of their parents and differently-abled siblings. If they fail to do so, 10 per cent of their gross salary will be diverted to the account of their parents and 15 per cent will be diverted if parents are accompanied by a sibling who is differently abled," said Sarma.
The structure of the Pranam Commission has a three-tier arrangement.
It may be mentioned that, soon after coming to power in 2016, the government made it clear that it's the responsibility of the children to take care of their parents at old age. Acting on it, Himanta Biswa Sarma introduced the Bill in the Assembly in September 2017 and was duly passed by the House.
At a time when cases of atrocity on old age parents by their children have increased, the step taken by the Assam government is being lauded by people from all walks of life.