Assam Current Affairs - 2020

Assam launches PRANAM Commission to protect parents of govt employees

The Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal has announced a PRANAM Commission to look after the issues related to the Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill.

PRANAM Bill

  • The bill makes it mandatory for state government employees to look after their parents and unmarried differently abled siblings who do not have their own sources of income.
  • The bill proposes that if any complaints related to ignorance towards parents or unmarried differently abled siblings, then 10 or 15 per cent of the employee’s salary will be deducted by the government and paid to the parents or differently abled siblings.
  • The government has said that it aims to cover the Employees of private companies and the central government working in the state at a later stage.

The PRANAM Bill is an effort from the state government to protect elderly parents and unmarried differently abled siblings and give them financial security. The bill is first of its kind in the country is an effort to protect elderly parents of government employees and unmarried differently abled siblings in their times of need.

Government Approves Construction of more than 5 lakh Affordable Houses

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 560,695 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). The approval was given by the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. The details of the projects approved are listed below:

  • Total of 1,243 projects with a project cost of Rs 33,873 crore with central assistance of Rs 8,404 crore has been approved.
  • The approval of 560,695 more houses takes the cumulative number of houses sanctioned under PMAY(U) to 79,04,674.

State wise Allocation

  • Uttar Pradesh: 179,215
  • Andhra Pradesh: 110,618
  • Maharashtra: 101,220
  • Karnataka: 48,729
  • Madhya Pradesh: 26,587
  • Gujarat: 25,861
  • Manipur: 13,715
  • Tamil Nadu: 12,174
  • Bihar: 10,084
  • Odisha: 7,472
  • Chhattisgarh: 7,067
  • Kerala: 4,194
  • Haryana: 4,019
  • Rajasthan 3,601
  • Jharkhand 2,165
  • Assam: 1,419
  • Meghalaya: 1,397
  • Puducherry: 1,158

The allocation is part of the government’s commitment to ensure housing for all by 2022.