The Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill is the first-of its-kind Bill in the country which is an effort to protect elderly parents of Government employees in their times of need.
PRANAM Bill was approved by the State cabinet last year, making it mandatory for State government employees to look after their parents and unmarried differently abled siblings who do not have their own sources of income.
As per the Bill, if the PRANAM Commission gets a complaint that parents of a state government employee is 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 is expected to benefit 8 lakh parents of 4 lakh State Government employees. At a later stage, employees of Private companies and the Central Government working in the state would also be covered by the Bill.
The Bill was conceptualized in the wake of harsh reality in the society in the state that there have been rising instances of aged and dependent parents are being left unattended and uncared for by their wards. The Bill reflected the state government’s concern for the well being of disabled persons who have no source of income of their own.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the PRANAM Commission, a panel set up to look after the issues concerning a Bill brought in for protection of parents of State Government employees on the 26th of February, 2019.
The Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Commission will be headed by Chief Commissioner V B Pyarelal. Former MLA Alaka Desai Sarma and social worker Jugabala Buragohain have been appointed as Commissioners.