Sindh Governor Imran Ismail approved the Corona Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020 on Friday. The ordinance was sent to the governor after approval of Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah for signature.
According to the new ordinance, the fine for violation of any clause was increased to one million rupees. In addition, it would be mandatory for school owners to reduce fees by 20%.
Under the ordinance, a landlord must defer or suspend the collection of rent payments under 50,000 rupees and reduce by 50% if the amount of rent is 100,000 rupees. It does not apply in the case where the owner is a widow, a disabled person and an elderly person.
Similarly, as part of the ordinance it has been mandatory that the private sector will not be able to sack or terminate their employees while private companies will also be liable to pay salaries to their employees on time.
Water bills of the premises over 80 square yards of land will be waived off.
Earlier on April 27, the draft ordinance was approved by the provincial cabinet with the aim to provide relief to the people during the lockdown in the province. However, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail rejected the relief ordinance and returned to the provincial government along with objections.
He said that the reduction of electricity and gas bills was the responsibility of the federal government. He also said that the federal government has already announced relief for those in need affected by the lockdown.
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