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First-of-its-kind 'PRANAM Bill' compelling Government Employees To Look After Their Dependent Parents To Roll Out In Assam 

Written By Anirudha Bhakat | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday announced that the 'Pranam Scheme', will officially come into effect from October 2, this year
  • At a time when cases of atrocity on old age parents by theirĀ children have increased, the step taken by the Assam government is being lauded by people from all walks of life
  • Here's everything you need to know about the scheme

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.

What is 'PRANAM Bill'? 

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 government will set up a Commission which will be known as the 'Pranam Commission'
  • It will be headed by a Chief Commissioner and assisted by two other Commissioners
  • The Chief Commissioner will be equivalent to the Additional Chief Secretary and any retired or serving Additional Chief Secretary can serve in the post
  • The two Commissioners will be of the rank of Joint Commissioner

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"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.

Three tier arrangement: 

The structure of the Pranam Commission has a three-tier arrangement.

  1. Designated authority: At the district level, it will be headed by the Drawing and Disbursement Officer, who will act as a designated authority. The designated authority will hear the case and settle it at the official level itself by deciding what percentage of salary should be diverted.
  2. Appellate authority: If not satisfied either party can move to Director of the concerned department who will act as the appellate authority
  3. Judiciary authority: The State level Commission chaired by the Chief Commissioner will have the power of judiciary authority and their decision in regard to the cases will be final

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.

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