Babus in As­sam to lose 10% salary for ne­glect­ing par­ents

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

Guwahati: The gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees in As­sam who do not pro­vide for their par­ents and sib­lings with dis­abil­i­ties stand to lose 10 per cent of their salary, with the state As­sem­bly pass­ing a bill on Fri­day for their bet­ter up­keep.

Un­der pos­si­bly the first such leg­is­la­tion in the coun­try, the amount de­ducted from their monthly salary will be given to their par­ents and sib­lings so they could sup­port them­selves.

The As­sam Em­ploy­ees’ Par­ents Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Norms for Ac­count­abil­ity and Mon­i­tor­ing Bill, 2017, aims “to pro­vide for ac­count­abil­ity for em­ploy­ees of the state gov­ern­ment or any other or­gan­i­sa­tion in As­sam (un­der the gov­ern­ment) in tak­ing care of their par­ents and di­vyang (dis­abled) sib­lings and in mat­ters con­nected there­with or in­ci­den­tal thereto”.

Ear­lier, in­tro­duc­ing the PRONAM bill, state min­is­ter Hi­manta Biswa Sarma said there are in­stances of par­ents hav­ing to live in old age homes as their chil­dren do not look af­ter them.

The PRONAM bill has been brought in so that if em­ploy­ees do not take care of their par­ents and di­vyang sib­lings 10 per cent of their monthly salary will be de­ducted for their up­keep, he said.

The pur­pose of the bill, he said, was not to in­ter­fere in the pri­vate lives of em­ploy­ees but to en­sure that ne­glected par­ents and sib­lings are able to lodge a com­plaint with re­spec­tive de­part­ments.

The leg­is­la­tion was passed by the House by voice vote.

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