Now, Government employees of Assam can’t even think of dumping parents.
The Assam Assembly passed a bill (The Assam Employees Parental Responsibility And Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill) that makes it mandatory for state government employees to take care of their parents or face a deduction from their income that would be used for their parents’ welfare. Assam is the first state to approve such legislation.
During the presentation of the State budget, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, announced that the government has decided to link geriatric care to their employees’ pay from the 2017-18 fiscal.
He said employees must take care of their parents, failing which a part of their salary would be deducted to support them.
“To provide adequate care to elderly people, legislation would be introduced which would mandate the deduction of a certain portion of employees’ salary to provide for their respective parents in case they fail to bear such responsibilities,” the minister said in his budget speech.
On BJP’s thrust on ‘Swadeshi Values’, the government proposed to annually reimburse an employee up to Rs 1,000 on the purchase of two Khadi apparels.
“Although parents are equated with Gods in Indian society, with the emerging modern society, increased mobility and growth of nuclear families, there have been reports of instances of negligence of dependent parents by their children,” the minister said.
Assembly speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami said it was one of the most progressive Bills to be passed by the House.
“The parents or needy siblings who feel neglected can lodge complaints with the head of the department of the person who, after hearing both sides, may deduct 10-15 percent of the salary of the employee and give it to the parents for their survival,” said Sarma.
The government also decided to provide entertainment tax rebate to multiplexes if they screen Assamese and regional films.
After an alumnus of National School of Drama (NSD) wrote to the chief of the insurgent group United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), Paresh Baruah, seeking help to save his Assamese film Shakira Ahibo Bakultolor Bihuloi, this decision was taken.
The film was allegedly taken off screen despite its popularity to accommodate Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil.
“I propose to grant 50 per cent entertainment tax exemption for a period of three years to permanent multiplexes which have commenced or will commence their commercial operation during the specified period provided they give a written undertaking to the effect that they will show an Assamese/regional film in one of the screens if such a film is available for screening at a particular point in time,” Sarma said.
It’s indeed a bold step. I really appreciate the Assam government decision of deducting salary of those employees who leave their parents. If this is implemented in all states of India, it will be really awesome. Instead of deducting half salary, if they don’t give salary at all to those who leave parents in the old age, it will definitely be a great step.
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