New Delhi: In a bid to give enough time to state government employees to spend quality time with their family members in January next year, the Assam cabinet on Wednesday approved four-day parental leave.
The employees of state government, including ministers, will have two days of leave -- on January 6 and 7. This is clubbed with Saturday and Sunday (January 8 and 9) which will together make a four-day leave.
During these days, an employee can visit his home and spend some quality time with their parents or in-laws.
However, these leaves cannot be availed for any other purpose and on the other hand those employees whose parents are not alive cannot take this leave.
From top civil servant to fourth grade, all employees can avail the leave, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
While speaking to media persons on Wednesday after chairing the cabinet meeting at Bongaigaon, the Chief Minister said that the motive behind the idea is that the employees should get enough time to spend with their family members in the New Year as well as seek their blessings so that they work for the betterment of the state.
Notably, in 2018, when Sarma was Finance Minister in Sarbananda Sonowal had announced that government employees failing to look after their parents will have face 10 percent cut from their salary which will be directly transferred to their parents.
The Assam Employees' Parent Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring act, 2017 mandates to look after parents and siblings who are dependent on employees.