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Sindh governor approves COVID-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has signed and approved the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance.
According to the new ordinance, fine for violating any clause has been increased to Rs one million. In addition, it would be obligatory for school owners to decrease fees by 20 percent.
Besides, the payment of rent for shops and houses will be temporarily suspended and decreased.
Similarly, as part of the ordinance, it has been compulsory that the private sector will not be able to sack or terminate its employees while private companies will also be liable to pay salaries to their employees on time.
Earlier, the draft ordinance was approved by the provincial cabinet with the aim to give relief to the people during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Sindh province.
Though, Governor Imran Ismail rejected the relief ordinance and returned to the provincial government along with objections.
He further stated that giving relief in electricity and gas bills falls under the domain of the federal government. He also stated that the federal government had already announced relief for the needy people affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
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