Govt officials in Assam to face salary cut for neglecting parents

Assam has passed a bill that seeks to deduct 10-15 percent of the salary of government employees who do not take care of their parents and disabled siblings.

“This act will try to ensure that elderly parents do not end up in old-age homes and can pass their twilight years in their own homes,” Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was quoted by the report as saying.

“This is the first such act in the country. No other state has passed such a law. We will next bring in a similar bill for employees of public sector units and (private) companies.”

The deducted amount will be passed on to the parents and the siblings who have been neglected, according to the PRANAM (Parent Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring) Act, the Telegraph reported.

In most other states, including Bengal, the neglect of parents is dealt with under provisions of the criminal procedure code and the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, the report said.

“In the criminal code, magistrates are empowered to order maintenance while tribunals are expected to do so if the 2007 law is invoked but neither permits direct deduction of the salary,” the report added.

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