As­sam govt staff to face salary cut for ne­glect­ing par­ents

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Naresh.Mi­tra @times­group.com

Guwahati: As­sam gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees will now face a salary cut of 10% to 15% if they fail to look af­ter their aged par­ents and sib­lings with dis­abil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to the As­sam Em­ploy­ees’ Par­ents Re­spon­si­bil­ity and Norms for Ac­count­abil­ity and Mon­i­tor­ing Bill, 2017 that was passed in the as­sem­bly on Fri­day.

Fi­nance health and ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Hi­manta Biswa Sarma, while ex­plain­ing the bill — also called As­sam Em­ploy­ees PRANAM Bill, said par­ents and sib­lings with dis­abil­i­ties can lodge com­plaints with the de­part­ment where the em­ployee works if they are ne­glected at home. The bill has pro­vi­sion of de­posit­ing the amount de­ducted from em­ploy­ees’ salary to the bank ac­counts of the par­ents or the dif­fer­ently-abled sib­lings.

“To­day, As­sam as­sem­bly passed the PRANAM… It is hugely grat­i­fy­ing to see this an­nounce­ment made in the 2016 Bud­get turn­ing true. PRANAM Act is our grat­i­tude to the el­derly,” Sarma said on Face­book. The min­is­ter added that a sim­i­lar bill for em­ploy­ees of public sec­tor un­der­tak­ings (PSUs) and pri­vate com­pa­nies will also be in­tro­duced.

The op­po­si­tion Con­gress, in its re­ac­tion, termed the bill as “an in­sult” to As­samese so­ci­ety and “in­ter­fer­ence” in the pri­vate lives of gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. Se­nior Con­gress leg­is­la­tor and for­mer chief min­is­ter Tarun Go­goi said the As­samese so­ci­ety has its tra­di­tion of tak­ing care of aged par­ents and sib­lings. The as­sem­bly also passed a res­o­lu­tion on the state gov­ern­ment’s pop­u­la­tion pol­icy seek­ing a bar on peo­ple from be­ing elected to pan­chay­ats and other lo­cal bod­ies or ap­pointed to gov­ern­ment jobs for vi­o­lat­ing the two-child norm. The pol­icy, which seeks to ar­rest the pop­u­la­tion growth in the state, stated that it would pro­pose to the Cen­tre to in­clude the norm for any con­tes­tant to the state leg­is­la­ture.

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