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PRANAM to come into force from Oct 2, says Himanta

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 27 - The Assam Employees� Parental Responsibility Norms for Accountability Monitoring (PRANAM) Act, obligating the State government employees to look after their aged and dependant parents, will come into force from October 2, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today.

A PRANAM Commission will be constituted which will be headed by a retired government official of the rank of Additional Chief Secretary or above. Two social workers will also be part of the commission. Two Additional Commissioners will also be appointed.

The Act was passed by the State Assembly and subsequently the rules were also approved by the State Cabinet.

Talking to media-persons here today, Sarma said that the Drawing and Disbursing Officer will be the designated officer as per the PRANAM Act.

As per the Act, the designated authority will be mandated to deduct up to 10 per cent of the ward�s gross salary for the needy parents. In special cases, the deduction may go up to 15 per cent.

�In case of any dispute arising out of the decision of the DDO, the respective directorate of the department would be the appellate authority. Further, the parties can move the Chief Commissioner, who will be a quasi judicial authority,� he said, adding that all the appointments related to the commission will be done before October 2.

The minister informed that a timeline has been fixed for each of the authority to dispose off the case in question.

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